One of the most well-rounded and intelligent players to come through the University of Tennessee football program in recent history will be in town soon, as Josh Dobbs will be speaking at Tullahoma High School on July 20.
In conjunction with Grace Baptist Church, Dobbs will be speaking for what is billed as “A Night of Champions.” The event is slated to take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Tullahoma High School auditorium.
Dobbs will be sharing his testimony with fans as well as high school football teams throughout West Tennessee. Several local high school football teams, including Tullahoma and Coffee County Central, have been invited to come out and watch the speech for free.
“I’m just excited to have a man that’s his caliber of a man to put in front of our young people and say ‘hey this is how you walk the walk,’” said THS Head Coach John Olive. “He’s a great football player, obviously more than what most of us Tennessee fans probably thought when he left… I’m just excited for our community as a whole to be able to see a young person like Josh Dobbs, for what he stands for, the integrity that he has.”
In 37 career games at Tennessee, Dobbs completed 61 percent of his passes, hitting on 614 of his 999 targets. That allowed him to throw for 7,138 yards and 53 touchdowns. He was also a dual threat, rushing for 2,160 yards in his career and 32 touchdowns on 438 carries.
During his final year as a Vol, Dobbs connected on 63 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns.
As the Vols quarterback, Dobbs led Tennessee to three consecutive bowl wins, including defeating Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl in 2015. Dobbs was named the MVP of that bowl game, accumulating 205 yards of offense and three touchdowns as a sophomore.
The Vols followed that by back-to-back bowl in wins in consecutive seasons. Tennessee first defeated Northwestern in the Outback Bowl in 2016 and Nebraska in the Music City Bowl in 2017.
Following his senior season in Knoxville, Dobbs was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year, he was the second-string quarterback for the Steelers, backing up Ben Roethlisberger.
On top of being a standout on the football field, Dobbs got it done in the classroom as well, majoring in aerospace engineering. He also earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Additionally, he was presented with the 2017 Torchbearer Award by the University of Tennessee, an honor which recognizes accomplishments in the community and academics.
“He’s a man of integrity. If you read anything about him, he’s high academia, obviously high athletically,” Olive said. “He professes Jesus Christ as his savior and everything that I have seen and read about him says that he walks the walk, that he just doesn’t talk the talk. And to me, I think that’s important to being that type of person that can have the kind of impact that he has at the places where he has been.”
Those wanting to attend will be able to do so by purchasing tickets for $15. Space is limited, as the THS auditorium holds just 400 people. To get tickets, stop by Sports Plus at 701 NW Atlantic St in Tullahoma, or contact Grace Baptist Church at 931-455-9839.