KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs rebounded from a brutal showing in the opener against Appalachian State to tally 5 total touchdowns in the comeback win over Virginia Tech.
Unleashed as a runner, Dobbs churned out 120 yards and 2 scores on the ground and threw 3 touchdowns, including a playground-connection with Alvin Kamara.
Tennessee’s passing game remains a major question mark though, as Dobbs has completed just 54.2 percent of his throws on the year and nearly 40 percent of his yardage has come on a pair of 50/50 balls to impressive wideout Josh Malone.
Earlier this week, Dobbs dished on Tennessee’s slow starts, the two early-season comebacks and the Volunteers potential for offensive improvements.
How do you avoid a letdown Saturday with Florida looming next week?
Dobbs: “Ohio is a very veteran team. It’s a noon start, so we have to start fast and be ready to go from the get-go. It’s important to not look ahead.”
Why has Tennessee struggled with slow starts?
Dobbs: It’s all about your mindset coming out and executing from the get-go. It’s something we’ll get corrected.
On the flip-side, how have you generated a pair of early-season comebacks?
Dobbs: The game is never over until the end. We were on the other side of it many times last year when the other team came back and beat us when we were up two scores. College football is a crazy game. The game is never over until all the time is off the clock. We see all the time the Hail Mary’s, all these crazy plays that go on at the end of games. So you’ve got to just keep playing until the whistle blows.”
Is it easier to identify improvements following a victory?
Dobbs: “It’s great to win. That’s the goal at the end of the day. We understand that no one in the history of football has ever played a perfect game at any position. We understand that. But we want to push ourselves to be better than we were yesterday when we step on the field today. It’s always great when you win, to be 2-0 and you continue to grow and get better. To know that you’re 2-0 and haven’t played your best football yet is pretty exciting, so we’ve just go to continue to improve and continue to keep grinding moving forward.”
Is this where you’d thought the offense would be after two games?
Dobbs: “We’re 2-0. We’ve been productive at times. Obviously there’s things we can improve, but when you put up 45 points, it’s a good feeling, especially on a top defense as Virginia Tech was. We’ll continue to improve, process and grow at each position across the board.”