Vols have plenty of faith in freshman QB Dobbs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs' teammates say he isn't a typical freshman. Now Dobbs has a chance to prove it.

Dobbs will make his first career start while trying to lead Tennessee (4-4, 1-3 SEC) to its first road win over a ranked opponent since 2006 on Saturday when the Volunteers visit No. 10 Missouri (7-1, 3-1).

Dobbs replaces junior Justin Worley, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery this week on his injured right thumb.

The Vols have marveled at the poise and maturity Dobbs has shown since arriving on campus.

Dobbs, a graduate of Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, won the Watkins Award given annually by the National Alliance of African-American Athletes to a high school senior who combines academic and athletic excellence. He plans to major in aerospace engineering.


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