Tennessee already faced a tough task in its road matchup with No. 10 Missouri Saturday, but now that task will be even tougher when the Vols start a true freshman quarterback.
Jimmy Hyams of WMNL Sports in Knoxville reported Tuesday that Vols’ starter Justin Worley will miss four weeks with torn ligaments in his right thumb and that true freshman Josh Dobbs will start in his place against the Tigers.
Compared to Worley, a typical pocket passer, Dobbs is more of a dual-threat and he has impressed Vols coach Butch Jones, who spoke about the freshman Tuesday.
“He was poised. He was calm. He was disciplined. He had a command about himself,” Jones said. “He’s a 4.0 student. I think he’s got a photographic memory. You’re either a fountain or a drain, you know? Every day he’s a fountain. You would never know that he played on Saturday. He is the same Josh Dobbs that we see each day. I take great comfort in being around players like that.”
Dobbs, who is majoring in Aeronautical Engineering, was a three-star recruit who threw for 3,625 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for 419 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior year at Alpharetta (Ga.) High School.
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