SEC Country is breaking down each Tennessee position group as the Vols prepare for spring football.
Tuesday’s afternoon breakdown features Tennessee’s 2016 Quarterbacks.
Notable departures: None
Major players: Joshua Dobbs, Quinten Dormady and Sheriron Jones
Analysis: In terms of quality talent, Tennessee is deeper at quarterback than it has been in a decade. Of course, the starting quarterback job belongs to Dobbs. He’ll be a senior with 22 starts under his belt entering the 2016 season. Dobbs is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC and has even been mentioned as a longshot to win the Heisman Trophy. While that’s all great, Dobbs can still grow as a passer. His legacy entering his senior season is a great runner who can miss wide-open receivers by a large margin. Dobbs’ accuracy has improved each year at Tennessee. If he can take another significant step this season, the Vols can stretch defenses and open up an already strong running attack. Quarterback or not, Dobbs is one of the better runners in the SEC.
The Vols may be grooming Dormady for the future, but they may need the sophomore much sooner than that. With the amount of hits that Dobbs takes in the running game, Dormady had better be ready. He can get valuable snaps during spring practice. Moreover, if the Vols don’t live up to expectations and Dobbs continues to struggle with his accuracy, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Dormady could push for playing time given the flashes he showed last season.
Jones is the unknown among the group. He was playing catch-up all of last season since he enrolled in the summer after Dormady enrolled in January. However, Jones is a talented runner and strong passer. He should benefit from this spring practice immensely. Remember, Jones transferred to Colorado and returned to Tennessee so his patience may wear thin if he doesn’t find some sort of role.
Key question: Can Dobbs improve his downfield accuracy?
Bottom line: This is Dobbs’ team. It would take an injury or a massive team derailment to change that. However, it’s time for him to prove he can be a more consistent passer. That could take Tennessee’s offense to a much higher level.
Wednesday morning preview: Secondary