MOBILE, Ala. — Two former Tennessee quarterbacks are in Alabama this week with the same goal.
But unlike in 2014, the last time Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman played as teammates, the former Vols will be on opposite sidelines as members of the North and South teams for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. (EST) game at Ladd Stadium (TV: NFL Network).
Peterman, who transferred to Pitt following a three-year stint at UT stint, enters the week the top-rated quarterback in Mobile, according to the event’s executive director, former NFL general manager Phil Savage.
“I think Nate Peterman has a golden opportunity to showcase what he can do,” Savage said at Monday’s press conference at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza.
“He has timing in his feet and his arm, and he has a good head on his shoulders in terms of anticipation and timing.”
Peterman’s time at Tennessee was challenging, with Coach Butch Jones ultimately going with more of a dual-threat QB in Dobbs who better fit his hurry-up, spread offense.
Peterman and Dobbs have no hard feelings toward one another and have already spent time catching up with one another.
In addition to competing against one another in Saturday’s game, Dobbs and Peterman will compete with the other four quarterbacks at the event’s practices starting today (TV: NFL Network).
Both Peterman and Dobbs impressed NFL scouts this season, and both recorded historic victories that will etch their place in their respective schools’ histories.
Dobbs ended Florida’s 11-game win streak over Tennessee with a 5-touchdown performance that included four TD passes in the second half of a 38-28 victory.
Peterman engineered a 43-42 win at eventual-national champ Clemson in addition to knocking off rival Penn State, 42-39.
Dobbs further opened NFL eyes with a red-hot November, while Peterman was quietly making his mark with scouts and general managers throughout the year.
“(Peterman) was one of the senior quarterbacks out there that probably had the most buzz, even though it was sort of under the radar, because as you know Pitt was very productive on offense,” Savage said. “I think Nate is in the best position going into the week.”
Savage said that Cal’s Davis Webb can also “establish himself in this mix of quarterbacks that probably have more questions than answers.”
Savage pointed out that last year the Senior Bowl invited eight quarterbacks, and by the end of the NFL draft, 15 signal callers had been picked.
“This year there’s more debate about who really is the best quarterback and how they shake out,” Savage said. “My hope is that between Nate and Davis Webb and the other quarterbacks, with us going back to the traditional model of six, they’ll all be able to show what they can do.
“I know there’s a lot of maturity in the group, when you look at guys like C.J. Beathard and Josh Dobbs, who have played a lot of football.”
Josh Dobbs – Nathan Peterman 2016 seasons
Dobbs 225-357 (63 percent), 27 TDs, 12 INTs, 150.6 pass efficiency rating
Peterman 185-306 (60.5 percent), 27 TDs, 7 INTs, 163.4 pass efficiency rating
Dobbs 150 carries, 831 net yards (5.5 yards-per-carry), 12 TDs
Peterman 72 carries, 286 net yards (4.0 yards-per-carry), 3 TDs
Former Tennessee and Pitt QB Nathan Peterman and Alabama TE O.J. Howard
Posted by SEC Country on Monday, January 23, 2017