KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs was among 24 signal-callers to appear on the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List, presented to the nation’s top quarterback.
Dobbs, who also appears on the Maxwell Award Watch List, went 4-1 as the Vols starting quarterback in 2014. In those five starts, Tennessee averaged 36.7 points per game and racked up 431 yards of offense per game. In six games overall, the Alpharetta, Georgia, native compiled 1,675 yards of total offense–an average of 279 per game–and was responsible for 17 touchdowns (nine passing, eight rushing). Dobbs threw for 1,206 yards on 112-of-177 passing and rushed for 469 yards.
He was named MVP of the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl after leading the Vols to a 45-28 win over Iowa. In the win, Dobbs accounted for 205 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, completing 16-of-21 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown to go along with 76 rushing yards and two scores.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
Dobbs is one of three SEC quarterbacks to appear on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, joining Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson as well as Dak Prescott of Mississippi State.
The news of Dobbs’ inclusion on the Davey O’Brien Watch List comes just one day after he was named to the watch list for The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” He is also a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most esteemed off-the-field honor in college football, which recognizes a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.
Dobbs and the rest of Team 119 open the 2015 season on Sept. 5 in Nashville when they face Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium at 4 p.m. ET. Tennessee begins the home slate the following week when it hosts Oklahoma at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 12.