Joshua Dobbs Seals Tennessee Legacy with Star Showing in Career Finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Moments after Tennessee’s 38-24 Music City Bowl victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Nissan Stadium on Friday, Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs had one final moment of on-field leadership.

As he was conducting UT’s “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band, it was requested that junior defensive end Derek Barnett—who’d just broken Reggie White’s career sack record of 32—join Dobbs on the platform.

Initially reluctant, Barnett stepped up there, and Dobbs had to show the big guy the ropes.

“He asked me what to do,” Dobbs chuckled afterward.

After all, Dobbs has done it several times before, leading the Vols to some big victories, then celebrating with the band and the fans.

So, Friday’s career-ender was appropriate. Though finishing 9-4 in the face of such high expectations in 2016 wasn’t the storybook season he would have scripted, Dobbs went out a winner.

He also ended his Volunteer career with a performance that you’ve come to expect from him during this senior year, where he displayed growth in his passing prowess and still kept his difference-making running ability.

Against the Huskers, Dobbs finished with 291 passing yards, took zero sacks, rushed for 118 more yards and accounted for four total touchdowns. When the Vols needed a third-down conversion, Dobbs came through time after time, by land or by air.

Once Nebraska closed to within seven points in

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