Prospects face all sorts of questions during the NFL Draft prospect, so former Vols QB Josh Dobbs likely knew this was coming.
In the middle of his senior season with Tennessee, the Vols lost one of their all-time leading rushers as Jalen Hurd abruptly quit the team. It was a rare moment that both shocked those who follow the SEC and created a major distraction for Dobbs and his teammates.
Without the shield of the athletic communications staff, Dobbs was on his own to share his feelings about the way the Jalen Hurd melodrama went down following a loss to South Carolina during an interview with the Reese’s Senior Bowl:
RSB: As a leader on that team, when Jalen Hurd made that decision to leave the team, what was the feeling for you?
Dobbs: For me, the feeling really never changed. I knew guys were looking to me to see how I reacted under a tough situation. So I remember getting back from South Carolina and calling a team meeting on Sunday, me and other fellow captains, and just talking to the team about how there might be distractions out there outside media trying to fill thoughts and make their own assumptions about the team but the only opinions that matter are the guys in this room and we affect how we play each and every Saturday so we have to focus in on our preparation, on how we prepare for the next upcoming week because no matter who we step on the field against, they’re not gonna care about whatever distractions and things that we have going on so we have to be focused and ready to play. It showed, the way we finished out the season. I knew at that time, the team was looking toward me for my leadership, for my steady consistency and preparation and my approach each and every day and that’s what I was able to offer up to the team.
The Hurd drama was just a small part of the interview, which can be heard in its entirety here:
Dobbs will attempt to show NFL teams he is capable of competing as a quarterback at the next level during the Senior Bowl practices this week, and will face off against former Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman during the game on Saturday.