Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord remains confident in quarterback Josh Dobbs, despite a disappointing second half in his team’s 31-24 double-overtime loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Dobbs recorded 125 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, the last of which came on the Vols’ final possession of the game. The junior struggled to match Oklahoma’s blitz-heavy scheme, which contributed to Tennessee giving up a 17-0 lead.
Dobbs entered the 2015 season with high expectations as a potential All-SEC quarterback. Last season, he led the Vols to a 4-1 record as a starter, including the team’s first bowl victory since 2008.
But Dobbs faced criticism after an uncharacteristically bad performance in which he failed to score on nine consecutive possessions and threw for a 41.9 completion percentage. Still, DeBord is optimistic that his quarterback will have a bounce-back performance against Western Carolina on Saturday.
The coordinator credited Dobbs’ confidence, telling media members that his quarterback is unshakable by pressure.
DEBORD: I believe in Josh Dobbs, are guys believe in him and he's going to make that throw next time
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 15, 2015
DeBord said Vols have to make teams pay when they do blitz. Would expect opposing defenses to copy that plan of bringing pressure.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) September 15, 2015