BUFORD, Ga. – Joshua Dobbs just couldn’t stay off the football field. So instead of lying on the couch watching the NCAA basketball tournament Sunday, Tennessee’s senior quarterback was mentoring and coaching the next wave of college quarterback prospects.
Dobbs was at Nike’s The Opening camp at Lanier High School in Buford, Ga., on the last day of his spring break. Dobbs returns to Knoxville for class on Monday and the Volunteers get back to spring football practice on Tuesday. Tennessee held three practices before spring break. The split practice schedule can seem a little odd.
“I’ve had it both ways,” Dobbs said of having spring break in the middle of spring practice. “There are advantages to it both ways. I think when it’s like this we’re able to focus on it a little bit earlier and we’re able to focus on finals instead of having to go through spring with tests at the end of the semester.
“In the end, you’re just excited to be in spring.”
Dobbs, who threw for 2,291 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions last season, didn’t have to wait for the Vols to return from break to get back on a football field. He was there Sunday participating in camp drills despite blustery conditions. It was nostalgic for the rising senior.
“It’s kind of weird because it feels like I was just here yesterday,” Dobbs said, referring to when he was a recruit. “It’s always great to come back. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. I know all the QB’s coming back. I remember what it was like for me to have a guy that’s in college … to come back and talk.
“You come back and you’re showing support. The guys get a great kick out of. It’s always good to come back and give back to the game for sure.”
Of course, Dobbs’ mentoring includes answering questions about college. He said he fields plenty about the Vols.
“They’re all SEC fans,” Dobbs said with a sly grin, “so they’re seeing improvement.”