Josh Dobbs gives WATE 6 Sports Reporter Emily Proud a football lesson

UT starting quarterback has smarts both on, off the field


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A lot is expected of University of Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones and his team this year.

Success doesn’t rest with just one person on the big orange roster but without a doubt, Vols starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs is a star on the rise.

Dobbs, a duel-threat quarterback, is a second team all-SEC preseason pick that has lead Tennessee to two straight bowl wins for the first time in nearly 20 years. He’s also a straight-A student majoring in aerospace engineering.

“There are a lot of complexities obviously within throwing the football. Getting the ball to do this, getting the ball to do what you want it to do, but try to make it as simple as possible. The velocity in the y direction times the time the ball’s in the air plus 1/2 times your gravity constant times time squared,” said Dobbs.

As a quarterback, Dobbs knows how to throw a football, but as an aerospace engineering major, he also knows the science behind it.

“You naturally want your ball to travel in a projectile path to get to its target. You don’t really see many balls thrown on a straight line, most balls travel up and down. That’s why it’s important to throw a spiral. Because if you throw a perfect spiral, the ball will fly easier and it’s a lot more accurate where as if you have even the slightest wobble in the ball, it can cause you to miss your target,” he said.

Dobbs said he studies a lot of film of other quarterbacks, their mechanics, to see what they’re doing.

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