Heath Shuler was a standout quarterback in the early 1990s for the Tennessee Volunteers, finishing second in Heisman Trophy voting in 1993, so he should know a good quarterback when he sees one.
But given his affiliation with the school, it should not be surprising that he is very high on Volunteers senior QB Josh Dobbs. But he took that a couple steps further in comments to Gridiron Now’s Jimmy Hyams.
“He can throw the football, and he can obviously run,” Shuler told Gridiron Now. “But it’s going to be that leadership that separates him from being just a good quarterback to one of the great quarterbacks to play at the University of Tennessee.
“Look, I’d rather have him than any other quarterback playing in the SEC or in the NCAA right now. (As a dual-threat quarterback) he plays havoc with defenses right now.”
Considering that Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly led the SEC in touchdown passes in 2015, and that Clemson has a Heisman candidate of its own in Deshaun Watson, Shuler is indeed making a bold statement.
Shuler also told Gridiron Now that he’s not impressed with many of today’s quarterbacks, in large part because of the proliferation of 7-on-7 competitions.
“I think what’s happening is you can find a lot of kids that can throw routes against air and you can find a lot of kids who can throw 7-on-7,” he said. “But when you start strapping it up and you start hitting and there’s contact and there’s someone in front of you and you have to make a play, I think that’s what is missing right now.”