Today On Rocky Top: Josh Dobb’s Is Ridiculous…In A Good Way


Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) warms up before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

From CBS Sports

"Joshua Dobbs has had a pretty hectic first year of college. The Tennessee freshman started four games for the Vols at quarterback, where he completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 695 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions to go with 189 rushing yards and another touchdown. In his five games of action, Dobbs faced three Top 10 opponents: No. 1 Alabama, No. 7 Auburn and No. 10 Mizzou. (A fourth opponent, Vandy finished in the Top 25.) But it’s the 6-3, 210-pounder’s work in the classroom that makes what he’s doing at UT even more impressive.Dobbs is also majoring in aerospace engineering. To say his class schedule is hefty is like saying Neyland Stadium is a pretty big venue. I suspect whenever the NCAA uses the term student-athlete, Joshua Dobbs is who they’re hoping people think of. Vols coach Butch Jones raves about Dobbs’ poise and concentration level and the kid’s ability to persevere.“To play the position he plays that is so highly scrutinized, and to come in as a true freshman in the most competitive conference in college football, and balance life as a student-level the way he has is remarkable,” says Jones, adding that Dobbs has really earned the respect of his teammates.Read More of Bruce Feldman’s interview with Josh Dobbs at CBS Sports."

From The Cleveland Daily Banner

"Sounds like typical coach speak. But those words — coming from Butch Jones at Thursday’s press conference before his second spring camp at Tennessee — could not be more true.There wasn’t any controversy to speak of when Team 118 took to the practice field Friday. To be sure, however, there are far more questions than answers as the Tennessee Volunteers begin their second season under Jones.“We have to take monumental steps in the development of our football program and our football team. The first step is really building our identity in Team 118. We really started building our identity the Monday after the conclusion of the Kentucky game. That’s when we started our offseason strength and conditioning program. We wanted to get going immediately. Our players have done a great job. Dave Lawson, Mike Szerszen, our entire strength and conditioning staff has really done an outstanding job,” Jones said.Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner – Now That s Rich Cincinnati Jones and the Vols take two"

From Bleacher Report

"Tennessee head coach Butch Jones signed a banner class in 2014, so what’s he going to do for an encore in the next recruiting cycle?That’s what everybody around Knoxville is wondering after the Vols’ class of 32 players finished ranked seventh in the 247Sports Composite and higher in other services.The Vols are already in the thick of things for a lot of the nation’s top talent again for 2015, and the coaching staff has been busy hosting players and sending letters as a wish list starts to take shape.One thing is certain: The number UT signs won’t approach the massive haul from this season.Jones told the Knoxville Tipoff Club a couple of weeks ago that he expected the Vols to be able to sign 18-22 players in the 2015 class, though that number is always in “flux”, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Evan Woodbery."