ESPN analyst Andre Ware thinks highly of Tennessee junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs. So highly that Ware compared him to one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
“If you like (Carolina Panthers quarterback) Cam Newton, you’ve got to like this guy,” Ware said of Dobbs during the ESPN broadcast of the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game. “I think he’s more developed as a passer at this stage of his career than Cam Newton and he’s every bit as electric when he pulls it down and runs the football.”
Ware should know the quarterback position. The former Houston signal-caller won a Heisman Trophy in 1989. He was then selected with the No. 7 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft before a seven-year career in the NFL, the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.
Still, the comparison was a strong one. Newton won the Heisman Trophy and a national title during his one season at Auburn in 2010. Led by Dobbs in his third season, the Vols are 7-4. Ware made it clear that he was comparing Dobbs to Newton’s time in college.
“I’m not talking about the Cam that we know right now; I’m talking about Cam a few years ago,” Ware said. “Not trying to compare him to the pro bowler. I’m talking about the guy a few years ago at Auburn when he first hit campus.”
Dobbs’ accuracy throughout this season has been the most pressing concern. Dobbs had completed 60.7-percent of his passes coming into the Vanderbilt game. Newton completed 66.1-percent of his passes in his season at Auburn.
Newton threw for 2,854 yards, ran for 1,473 yards and accounted for 51 touchdowns during his junior year at Auburn. Dobbs has thrown for 1,985 yards, rushed for 530 yards and accounted for 22 touchdowns as a junior before the game today.