Josh Dobbs is the highly touted quarterback for the 14th ranked Tennessee Volunteers. Josh Dobbs is a senior with tons of experience, athleticism and speed. For a lot of teams, he causes problems because he has the ability to take off and rush for a lot of yards. There is one team that will be well prepared for that talent, as well as Dobbs ability to throw to his quality pass catchers. That is the 19th ranked Florida Gators who will take on Josh Dobbs and the Volunteers on Saturday at 3:30 in Knoxville, Tennessee. For some teams, Dobbs might be an issue but, for the Gators, they know what it takes to beat Josh Dobbs and the 14th ranked Tennessee Volunteers.
Rule #1- Keep Dobbs in the pocket
Josh Dobbs is a run first, pass second type of quarterback. This means he relies on getting out of the pocket and running with the football. Dobb’s biggest weakness is his inability to throw football. Josh Dobbs threw for 16-29 for 192 yards versus Appalachian State. Dobbs completed 10-19 for 91 yards versus Virginia Tech against Ohio, Dobbs went 19-27 for 210 yards. That was against average to below average defenses and that is not what an SEC quarterback should play like against those defenses. The Florida defense is statically, the best defense in the country and they will blitz on the outside to keep Dobbs in the pocket and force him to throw the football.
Rule #2- QB Spy Josh Dobbs
If you do blitz on the outside then you need somebody to clog up the middle to keep Josh Dobbs in the pocket. Senior linebacker, Jarrad Davis, should be the QB spy all game long. With his ability to stop the run and punish the ball carrier he will be an excellent spy. Josh Dobbs and the Volunteers offense know plenty about Jarrad Davis and how good of a linebacker he is. Another QB spy option is junior linebacker, Alex Anzalone, who is just as good as Jarrad Davis because you can play man on man coverage all day. Florida’s defensive backs are way better than Tennessee’s wide receiver. If Tennessee wins this game, it will take Dobbs to have a big game through the air. The Gators main focus will be to stop the running game, which includes the shutdown of Josh Dobbs.
Rule #3- Stop Jalen Hurd early and often
Jalen Hurd is the starting running back for the Tennessee Volunteers and he is good. The Gators will respect his ability to run. The Tennessee Volunteers have a very good running game and Jalen Hurd is the key ingredient. The Gators need to take away Jalen’s running game and that will impact the Volunteers ability to run play action.