Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs led all SEC passers with 2 interceptions, but did nearly everything else right in the Volunteers’ 38-28 win over Florida. The senior reached a career-best 162.5 passer rating, finishing with 319 yards and 4 touchdowns on 16 of 32 passes. Dobbs also rushed for 80 yards and a score on 17 carries.
The Tennessee signal-caller could have generated even more production with a little luck. In the first half alone, Dobbs’ receivers recorded six drops. He also gets the honor for most unfortunate pick of the week, a pass attempt that looked destined for a touchdown.
Trailing 21-3 at the half, Tennessee took the first possession of the third quarter down to the Florida 30-yard line. On a second-and-6, Dobbs attempted to find wideout Preston Williams streaking toward the end zone, but was hit on his throwing hand by a Florida lineman. The pass fluttered downfield and cornerback Teez Tabor had time to adjust and snag it for his second interception of the season.
— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) September 24, 2016
Costliest INT of the week
Georgia’s Jacob Eason tossed his third pick of the year in the team’s 45-14 blowout by Ole Miss, and it was damaging. Not only was it a pick-six, but it came early, sent the fans at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium into rapture, and set the tone for the rest of the game.
Eason needed to take the crowd out of the picture early to ease the pressure in his second SEC road start. He did quite the opposite on the Bulldogs’ second drive of the game. On a third-and-10, Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates pressured Eason untouched on a delayed blitz, causing the true freshman to dish out a panic throw in the direction of sophomore WR Terry Godwin. Derrick Jones stepped in front and cruised 53 yards for the game’s first touchdown. It was also Ole Miss’ first pick of the season.
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) September 24, 2016
Including the interception, Eason finished the game with 137 yards and no touchdowns on 16 of 36 passes.
Forgivable INT of the week
Gators quarterback Austin Appleby has a history of tossing interceptions. The Purdue transfer owned a 19:19 touchdown to interception ratio as a Boilermaker. It’s understanding some Florida fans were uneasy about potential giveaways prior to his first SEC start. But the senior played great in the loss, going 23-of-39 for 296 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His lone pick is excusable considering the stat line, though it came at a bad time.
Down 24-21 with 12:34 remaining in the game, Appleby scrambled for dear life on a first-and-10 from the Florida 25-yard line with the Volunteers’ pass rush collapsing the pocket. He did great to get out of trouble, but should have thrown it away, or tucked and run, rather than sling it downfield. Tennessee defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. stepped in front of a well under thrown ball for a 1-yard return to the Gators 42-yard line. The Volunteers scored a touchdown three plays later.
Pressure…pressure…interception, Todd Kelly Jr. pic.twitter.com/W9KnEj9RWi
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) September 27, 2016
Ugliest INT of the week
Kentucky backup quarterback Stephen Johnson didn’t have to do very much in his first career SEC start with the team rushing for 216 yards in its 17-10 win over South Carolina. Johnson threw for 135 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception on 11 of 19 passes. The pick was ugly.
Seven plays into a third-quarter drive, Johnson sailed a pass over the middle straight into the hands of Gamecocks’ defensive back D.J. Smith. Wide receiver Charles Walker was the intended target, but the pass was 10 feet too high and 10 yards overthrown. The 6-foot-2 quarterback had trouble following through on the attempt as South Carolina’s Darius English forced the high throw.
To summarize the week
Overall, it was a mistake-free weekend through the air for many SEC quarterbacks with 7 interceptions thrown in total. Here’s a list of all the picks tossed this weekend, including each quarterbacks total number on the season:
|NAME||TEAM||WEEK 4 INTs||TOTAL INTs|
|Jason Pellerin||Ole Miss||1||2|