KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Senior quarterback Josh Dobbs has put together an impressive first two months of the 2016 season.
Tennessee’s signal caller has 14 passing touchdowns already — 1 shy of his career high set last season. He’s engineered 4 double-digit comebacks, too, headlined by the “Hail Mary Between the Hedges” against Georgia.
During the SEC teleconference Wednesday, Volunteers coach Butch Jones was asked what he’s seen from Dobbs this season. He immediately responded, “Constant and never-ending growth. Not just as a football player but as a leader.”
Dobbs was one of four seniors voted as a permanent team captain in 2016. The quarterback remains the last man standing. Alvin Kamara, Cam Sutton and Jalen Reeves-Maybin are sidelined with various injuries.
Jones praised Dobbs for shouldering an increased leadership role, saying, “He’s one of those individuals when he speaks, everyone listens. He chooses his words very carefully. He chooses when he needs to be vocal. It’s always at the appropriate time.
“He always has a sense of calmness to him. He’s very, very confident and very, very assertive. That’s been the exciting thing, not just seeing him grow as a quarterback but also his leadership. He’s not just a leader for our football team but a leader for our university and a leader in our community. With all the countless hours, community service. He always puts everyone before him. That’s a great sign of a great person and a great leader.”