Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs the ball past Auburn Tigers defensive end Nosa Eguae (94) during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Butch Jones Wants Josh Dobbs More Involved In Run Game

Butch Jones doesn’t need a running quarterback.

That’s a phrase we’ve heard since the day Butch Jones was hired nearly a year ago.

While that may technically be true, it’s been quite evident with Josh Dobbs under center that this offense can’t really thrive unless you have a guy who can make plays with his legs.

Justin Worley did a tremendous job of protecting the football as the starter, but he just wasn’t able to make teams respect the read-option.

That’s because Worley rarely kept the ball and when he did keep it, he wasn’t much of a threat.

While Josh Dobbs isn’t going to win any track meets, he’s a lot quicker than Worley — way quicker than I thought he was.

Since taking over in the Alabama game, Dobbs has rushed for 114 yards on 20 attempts. That’s good enough for nearly 6 yards a carry.

That’s a pretty good average, but it could be better.

Dobbs demonstrated on a 33 yard run against Missouri and a 32 yard run against Auburn, what he’s capable of doing.

On Monday, Butch Jones sounded like a coach that’s ready to get his QB a little more involved in the running game.

Jones: As Dobbs continues to progress mentally and physically, we’d like to involve him more in the QB run game.

Jones definitely needs to get Dobbs more involved.

QB’s that can pick up chunks of yardage with their legs have been the achilles heel of the Vols this season.

It’s time the Vols turn the table on that trend.

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