Josh Dobbs

The SEC released its All-SEC offensive and defensive teams on Tuesday. Three Vols were on the first and second teams selected by the coaches: QB Josh Dobbs, DE Derek Barnett and returner Evan Berry.

Derek Barnett was named first team All-SEC, as he should. He’s the best defensive end in the SEC. However, Dobbs and Berry were named to the second team All-SEC. Berry would’ve been a lock as first team returner, but he missed the last month of the season with a knee injury.

Josh Dobbs should be the first team All-SEC quarterback. Dobbs got absolutely robbed of that a honor by freshman Alabama QB Jalen Hurts.

Hurts got “Heisman Trophy voting treatment” where the best QB on the best team got the votes. The Heisman is for the “Most Outstanding Player of the year” and first team All-SEC is for the league’s top quarterback. Josh Dobbs is the SEC’s top QB.

Josh Dobbs vs Jalen Hurts

Of course, Hurts quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 SEC Championship season as a freshman. It was an impressive debut season in college football. However, that team is stacked with 11 first and second team All-SEC players. Hurts has four All-SEC players around him on offense: OL Cam Robinson, WR Ar’Darius Stewart, WR Calvin Ridley and TE OJ Howard.

The amount of pressure placed on these two quarterbacks is completely different. Bama and Lane Kiffin protected Hurts by masking his deficiencies. Dobbs, you could argue, has one of the worst offensive play-callers in the SEC in Mike DeBord. Lane Kiffin is the SEC’s best play-caller, by far.

Dobbs carried Tennessee’s offense and had a career passing season. He lead the SEC in touchdown passes (26) and quarterback rating (152.6). Dobbs led the Vols with a career high 713 yards rushing and nine more touchdowns. He even caught a TD pass to bring his total to 36 scores this season.

(I hate that sack yards take away from QB rushing yards. Sack yards should be its own stat).

Josh Dobbs had four games in which he scored five total touchdowns. Hurts had one five TD game. Tennessee’s defense was so porous it gave up an average 39 points and 661 yards in the last three weeks. Six hundred and sixty-one yards per game.

Alabama’s defense gave up 13 touchdowns all season. Hell, Alabama scored more non-offensive touchdowns (14) this year than it allowed. There was verrrrry little pressure on Jalen Hurts to carry his team to victory compared to Dobbs shouldering all of it. Yes, Hurts was able to make plays with his legs against Ole Miss and LSU in those tight games, but Alabama was so far ahead of its other opponents Hurts had walk in the park type pressure.

Dobbs was able to improve his passing game. His completion percentage jumped four points and was fourth in the league. He proved he can throw the deep ball. WR Josh Malone caught 10 touchdowns. Every single one of them was over 20 yards. Dobbs became a big play thrower for the first time in his career.

Jalen Hurts has a bright future in college football, but Josh Dobbs should be the first team All-SEC.