It was Josh Dobbs against Nathan Peterman all over again, until the quarterback from California swooped in and won MVP honors at the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
Dobbs and Peterman, once teammates at Tennessee, started for the South and North teams in the nation’s premier college all-star game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Cal’s Davis Webb scored the winning points for the South team in its 16-15 win, however, completing 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown.
Dobbs was a proficient 12-of-15 passing for 104 yards and an interception that came when one of his offensive linemen was pushed into him as he was throwing the football.
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson, who was coaching the South team, made it clear he placed no blame on Dobbs for the turnover.
“Josh did a good job other than when he couldn’t control them getting (to him) and they hit him, the ball flipping up in the air,” Jackson said during the NFL Network broadcast. “I thought he ran the offense, moved the ball and did the things we thought we could do. He did a good job.”
Liking Josh Dobbs. Liked him all week in Mobile. Gaining confidence with every throw. #seniorbowl
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) January 28, 2017
Peterman, who played his final two seasons at Pitt after graduating from UT in three years and transferring, was 16-of-23 passing for 153 yards with a touchdown.
Peterman said this week he appreciated his time at Tennessee, and explained how the adversity during his time in Knoxville helped him grow as a quarterback.
No doubt, Peterman led the Panthers to wins over eventual national champ Clemson as well as Big Ten champ Penn State this season. The New Orleans Saints were among the teams to meet with Peterman in Mobile in the days leading up to the all-star classic.
Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton, who missed six games this season before returning from a broken fibula, had 4 total tackles (1 solo) in the game.
Sutton impressed scouts with his ability and willingness to line up all over the field, and he answered questions about his tackling ability in the game.
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