Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs’ words of wisdom said it all during the “Gruden’s QB Camp” episode he was featured in on ESPN.
ESPN analyst and Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden huddled Dobbs with the cast used for the on-field football action portion of the show and asked Dobbs if he had a message.
“You don’t get burned out because of what you do, you get burned out because you forget why you do it,” Dobbs said during the ESPN episode that aired on Sunday. “So don’t forget your purpose.”
Dobbs has made it clear his purpose is to play quarterback in the NFL, and the way his projected draft ranking has increased since the offseason evaluation process began at the Senior Bowl, it seems more are buying in.
“You’ve got to prove you can take the next step,” Gruden said to Dobbs, discussing how the challenge in the NFL for him will be to prove he can beat teams with his arm.
Gruden brought former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis on to the show for the on field portion — Davis was responsible for shadowing Dobbs in this year’s game in Knoxville.
The game plan, Davis said, was “do not let (Dobbs) get his feet going.”
Davis said Dobbs “came out in the second half and threw the ball and did what he had to do.”
Indeed, Tennessee rallied from a 21-3 halftime deficit to a 38-28 win that saw Dobbs throw four touchdown passes in the second half against the Gators.
Gruden, always entertaining, questioned and ribbed Dobbs throughout the show about his major, aerospace engineering.
“Who the hell are you? Who are you as a player?” Gruden said. “You are a legitimate rocket scientist.
“How do you not like this kid? This kid is special,” he said. “I love the dual threat, I love the experience. My big concern was do you want to build rocket ships, or do you want to be a great quarterback?”
Dobbs said of his college major: “That’s cool and I love it, but I also love football, and I played football since I was 5, and I can’t imagine not playing football.
“I’m thankful to have a great major I can fall back on when I can’t play football anymore.”
Some other exchanges from the show:
Dobbs on his debut vs. Alabama, in 2013
Gruden asks Dobbs what were you thinking when you went in the game?
“Let’s go out and play ball,” Dobbs said. “This is what you’ve dreamed about, so just go make it happen.”
Losing the QB battle entering 2014
Gruden reminds Dobbs it was a 3-way battle between him, Nathan Peterman and Justin Worley.
“It motivated me,” Dobbs said of Jones choosing Worley to start the year. “It obviously was upsetting, but it was another piece that motivated me.”
On lower NFL draft projections
Gruden asks Dobbs, “Why don’t people seem to have you at the top of the list, do you know?”
Dobbs replied, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions at the end of the day, and I understand what I’ve done in college, the production I’ve had in college and high school, and I’m more than confident in my skills and abilities, and if you don’t believe in me, that’s fine, keep not believing, but I know what I can do, and I’m excited to continue to show that moving up to the next level.”
Comparison to Dak Prescott
Gruden says he loves the dual threat nature of the quarterbacks, and asks Dobbs if he’s heard the comparison to the Dallas Cowboys QB?
“I’ve heard it we’re similar,” Dobbs said. “We came from similar offenses in college, we both are doubted at the end of the day, and we are both very confident in our skills and abilities, and he showed it this year, coming in and creating an impact right when he stepped in as the face of the program and that’s what I plan to do as well.”