KNOXVILLE - Tennessee football coach Butch Jones affirmed Wednesday he does not have plans to play another Vols quarterback other than senior Joshua Dobbs.
Jones said he does not envision implementing a two-quarterback system ahead of the Battle at Bristol against Virginia Tech.
“There is no quarterback controversy, or number of quarterbacks for us,” Jones said while addressing the media Wednesday. “It’s Josh Dobbs.”
Dobbs said Monday he was “fine” after he got hit and fumbled into the end zone during last Thursday’s 20-13 overtime win against Appalachian State.
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Dobbs completed 16 of 29 passing attempts for 192 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Appalachian State held Dobbs to -4 yards rushing, which is the lowest single game total of his career.
Jones said Wednesday he likes the progression of Tennessee’s quarterbacks group overall.
“I think all the quarterbacks have really done a good job, but as of right now, no. Josh Dobbs is our quarterback,” Jones said.
Jones said Wednesday his team was excited for the win against Appalachian State, but not satisfied.
“We have to do a great job to improve our deficiencies from game one to game two,” Jones said.
Jones praised the Hokies' strong passing game led by junior quarterback Jerod Evans, a junior college transfer from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas.
Evans’ four touchdown passes in a 36-13 victory in the season opener against Liberty were the most for a Virginia Tech quarterback in a single game since 2004.
Jones said Evans could "make all the throws," and that the quarterback could make plays with his legs.
On Wednesday, Jones also praised Hokies junior wide receiver Isaiah Ford, who had 11 receptions, 117 receiving yards and a touchdown against Liberty.
Jones said the Vols would not line up senior cornerback Cameron Sutton against Ford exclusively.
“They’re very, very talented across the board at the receiver core,” Jones said.
Hokies junior receiver Cam Phillips had five receptions and a touchdown against Liberty.
Virginia Tech tight end Bucky Hodges had 3 receptions and two touchdowns. Hodges is listed a 6'7" and weighs 245 pounds.
Jones said Tennessee would have an extensive walkthrough at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech play at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, and the game will telecast on ABC.
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