KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After Tennessee’s streak-busting win over Florida on Saturday, a pair of standout performers in the 38-28 victory earned conference honors on Monday.
Senior quarterback Josh Dobbs was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 4 touchdowns against the nation’s No. 1 pass defense.
The duel-threat quarterback rebounded from a pair of interceptions in the red zone against the Gators, tossing all 4 scores after halftime. Dobbs, who engineered the 21-point comeback with his arm and legs, finished the day 16 of 32 for 319 yards. He added 80 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.
“That was probably the grittiest game of Josh Dobbs’ career,” coach Butch Jones said Monday.
“A lot of times he couldn’t see the conclusion of the play. He just heard the roar of the crowd.”
Meanwhile, junior defensive end Derek Barnett was named the SEC’s co-Defensive Lineman of the Week. The junior All-American changed the game on Saturday, recording 2 sacks and a TFL loss on four plays in the third quarter. He finished the win with 2 sacks, 3 TFL and a batted pass that nearly went for a pick-six.
“Derek Barnett is relentless,” Jones said.
“He’s driven for greatness. He demands perfection and he wants to be as good as he can be.”