It’s no secret Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs needs to raise his level of play another notch or two this fall for the Vols to move up the SEC standings and maybe make some noise nationally. Dobbs seems to be trying to make the most of an opportunity to get better he has at the Manning Passing Academy.
Dobbs, who will be a senior this season, is serving as counselor again this week at the academy and when he’s not mentoring young signal callers, he’s doing his best to soak up knowledge from Tennessee legend Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and some of his fellow counselors from around the college game.
“I’m really honored to be here and trying to make the most of the opportunity,” Dobbs told Julie Boudwin of Nola.com.
Dobbs has enjoyed some success in his career and his potential seems boundless at times. He is one of three SEC quarterbacks in the past 20 years to have both 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game. The other two who did so – Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel – both won the Heisman Trophy. But Dobbs has also struggled with consistency at times and throwing the long ball with accuracy. It’s possible he could take something away from a conversation or workout while he’s at the academy that might help him take a big step in his development this fall.
Tennessee fans are probably happy to hear he’s getting to spend some one-on-one time with Peyton Manning while he works the camp and also on occasion when Manning comes to campus to check in on the program.
“He’s ‘The Sheriff.’ He’s the greatest to ever play at the position,” Dobbs told Nola.com. “When you come from Tennessee especially playing quarterback every time you step on the field you not only representing yourself, not only representing the Vols, you’re representing him. That’s kind of how I play.