1. Joshua Dobbs, QB
Joshua Dobbs will likely go down as the most important Vol over the last half decade, if not a full decade for the role he’s played in helping the Vols emerge from one of the worst stretches of the program’s history. Dobbs has been the full-time starting quarterback for Tennessee over the last two seasons, and he helped spark the Vols offense in 2014 when he took over for an injured Justin Worley halfway through the season. Dobbs exploded onto the scene against South Carolina on the road, helped Tennessee complete an improbable comeback, and he’s not looked back since.
Dobbs has certainly had his inconsistencies and setbacks. But all in all, he’s been one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in Tennessee history and has already put his name at the top of Tennessee’s record books. And he has a chance to leave his mark in other career categories as well. Dobbs has the most rushing yards and touchdowns by a UT quarterback in program history, and he will have a chance to have the second-most total touchdowns and total yards in a career by the time the 2016 season comes to a close.
Tennessee needed a leader like Dobbs at quarterback in the Butch Jones era, and he’s been just that. Dobbs a model student and has done numerous works with charities and such off the field as well. When it gets right down to it, Dobbs has been the face of the Tennessee Volunteers over the last two years, and the university couldn’t have asked for a better player to represent them.
In his 34 career games to this point, Dobbs has thrown for 6,284 yards, run for 1,799 yards, thrown 47 touchdowns, and run for 27 more scores.