KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee 2018 quarterback commit Adrian Martinez isn’t concerned about the large shadow cast by outgoing Vols’ quarterback Josh Dobbs.
In fact, Martinez said he feels motivated by achievements of Dobbs, the 2016 Athlon SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
“I want that challenge,” Martinez told SEC Country in an exclusive interview. “I want the duty of following after a Joshua Dobbs and the high expectations that Tennessee holds for themselves, I feel like I can handle that pressure and I want to welcome it.
Martinez didn’t shy away from the comparison in his interview on WNML’s Sports 180, either.
“I’m very humbled by the comparisons, (and) if I’m being honest, I want to be better, I want to win an SEC championship and national championship,” Martinez said. “I want to do all the things he may not have been able to accomplish at Tennessee.”
Martinez is coming into a Vols’ program in much better shape than where Dobbs found it in 2013.
Dobbs joined a team that had gone 2-14 against the SEC in 2011-12 and was working to overcome the public black eye of being on probation through 2014, fallout from Lane Kiffin’s one season as head coach (2009).
Dobbs and Coach Butch Jones’ first recruiting cycle left the program in considerably better shape, riding a streak of three straight bowl wins and back-to-back Top 25 finishes.
Martinez said he offers the same dual-threat abilities as Dobbs, though he doesn’t plan on having to run nearly as much.
“I know coaches see me as more of a passer, “ Martinez said. “(Dobbs) was able to run the ball very well, and I can run the ball as well, but I want to really be able to throw the ball, and that’s what you have to do at the end of the day.
“I feel I can bring both to the table at the end of the day. But I’m very humbled by the comparison to Joshua Dobbs.”
Martinez committed to Tennessee on May 12 after de-committing from Cal.