Tennessee football: 10 greatest seasons by Vols who didn’t earn All-American honors

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He did not capture the SEC East his senior year the way Erik Ainge did in 2007 and Casey Clausen did in 2003. In fact, he never won that division. And after a top 10 preseason ranking in 2016, that was a disappointment. But nobody put any of this on Joshua Dobbs. In fact, Dobbs is credited with delaying the eventual firing of Butch Jones.

Tennessee football set records with him in 2016. Dobbs’s dual-threat abilities with Mike DeBord calling the plays also resulted in historic performances to end the Vols’ 11-game losing streak to the Florida Gators and beat the Georgia Bulldogs on a Hail Mary. He had four games with five total touchdowns, including the wins over Florida win and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Dobbs had two more games with four total touchdowns, against Georgia and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Music City Bowl. He had five games with 370 or more total yards, four of which he went over 400 total yards. Overall, his total amount of offensive production was second in yards and touchdowns in UT history all time to just Peyton Manning’s 1997 season.

For the year, Dobbs completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,946 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while adding 831 rushing yards and another 12 touchdowns on 150 carries. Oh, and he had a four-yard TD reception. So he had an incredible 40 touchdowns and nearly 3,800 yards. But he got no national recognition with Lamar Jackson and DeShaun Watson getting all the hype.