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Sam Greenwood

From AHS Quarterback to Tennessee Icon, Josh Dobbs Excels at All Levels

Josh Dobbs, #11, scores a touchdown against Iowa Hawkeyes in the Taxslayer Bowl on Jan. 2, 2015. Dobbs lead the Volunteers to their first bowl win since 2008.

Daniel Grotch Josh Dobbs, 2011-12 quarterback of the Alpharetta Raiders football team, continues to find collegiate success as a Tennessee quarterback. Dobbs, a sophomore at University of Tennessee, started the final six games of the college football season, ultimately leading his team to a Taxslayer Bowl victory, in addition to being named MVP in their game against Iowa Hawkeyes. Starting as the number

three QB on the depth chart, Dobbs worked his way up to pass senior Justin Worley and Redshirted junior Nathan Peterman. His time finally came against the #4 team in the country, Alabama Crimson Tide. The former Raider QB was decisively calm and focused. “Alabama is a good team and their résumé speaks for themselves, but I wasn’t intimidated at all,” Joshua Dobbs said. Dobbs cut into the 27-0 deficit after coming into the game towards the end of the first quar-

ter. Although Dobbs put two touchdowns on the board, his team’s defense could not halt ‘Bama’s strong running game. However, this game was only the beginning of Dobbs’ season. Dobbs’ wins over competitive SEC teams like South Carolina, Kentucky, and rival Vanderbilt convinced Volunteers coach, Butch Jones, to keep the new quarterback as a starter. Dobbs finished the last six Vols games with 16 TD’s, 1,675 all-purpose yards, and a 63 percent completion rate. Dobbs and his teammates thumped Iowa, 45-28, in the Taxslayer Bowl. The QB had three touchdowns and was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy. “It was a feeling of accomplishment. We worked days in and out from the time our last game ended two years against Kentucky to the bowl game. But also a sense that this is just another step forward. There’s still a lot more to play for in the next coming years,” Josh Dobbs said. Dobbs’ on-field triumphs

are evident, however his college classroom achievements are noteworthy as well. Dobbs, majoring in Aerospace Engineering, takes his education as seriously as his football. His course list includes Thermodynamics, Circuits and Electro-mechanical Compounds, Fundamentals of Physics, Matrix Computations, and Computer Solution of Engineering Problems. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling getting to watch any of our guys have success at the next level. Whether its on the football field or in the classroom,” AHS football head coach Jacob Nichols said. After football, Dobbs hopes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry by designing airplanes. The combination of rigorous course studies and SEC football evidently is possible, which Dobbs credits Alpharetta for preparing him by taking AP and dual-enrollment classes. A number of people in the Alpharetta community follow Dobbs’ career with interest, and most have seen him in games

at Alpharetta High School. “It feels great to have the support of Alpharetta behind me. I know I’ll come back a lot,” Dobbs said. As for the state of football in AHS, a loss in the second round of the state playoffs against McEarchen was painful. However, Dobbs believes the team is definitely moving in the right direction. “AHS is on the verge on doing big things and has shown in the past couple years. The juniors and sophomores need to just step up, pick up the slack, and come ready to play and fill in the positions for the next year,” Dobbs said. In the upcoming season, Tennessee’s recruiting class coupled with the bowl winning team in place can earn them a spot in the College Football Top 25. Dobbs, with the starting position in hand, might propel this team further than a bowl game, as he predicted.

In a much more interesting game than last year, the Patriots won the Super Bowl with possibly the worst call in football history. The interception came at a moment when both Seahawks fans and Patriots fans were biting their lips, waiting for the outcome. Although a record number of people watched this year, the highest viewing times were during halftime and commercials. Just like last year people were watching for the commercials rather than the game.. Some ads, like Nationwide’s, sparked heated controversy. Overall, however, many people came away from the Super Bowl feeling disappointed with the lack of knee-slapping humor. “Though I watched the entire Super Bowl, my family mostly cared about the commercials,” Bryce Miller said. In the aforementioned Nationwide commercial, we see a young boy saying all the things that we wanted to do as a child like flying, traveling the world and getting married. He abruptly

tells everyone watching that he cannot do these things anymore because he died. While many claim this video has gone to far, Nationwide claims that the ad is doing exactly what it was meant to do- spark a conversation. They wanted people to know child deaths are easily avoidable, but instead received backlash and complaints from families claiming they are still mourning their children, who died of such accidents. This is mostly due to the fact that they showed accidents that would not have been protected or preventable by Nationwide policies. On top of that it showed creepy scenarios where an accident occurred. “A lot of people complained about the Nationwide ad, but I didn’t really care about it that much, it just seemed like a lame commercial. What I liked was the Kim Kardashian and lost dog commercials,” Tommy Lloyd said. “Most of the people seemed to overact to it, it really didn’t seem like it deserve the criticism it got, ya know?” Despite much of this year’s

controversy over the Nationwide commercial, The most praised commercial was Budweiser’s “Lost Dog.” A farmer and his dog were in their barn bringing a horse into its stable. The cute dog gets lost but finds his way home, confronting a wolf with the help of the same horses from earlier. He makes it back just in time for his owner to crack open a beer. Though critics still wonder how the story of the dog inspires anyone anyone to buy more Budweiser beer is a mystery. But with the good, comes the bad. There were countless mediocre car commercials this time around, and even a commercial where poorly animated feet are playing football (because they’re feet) all making viewers wonder how much money each company wastes per commercial. They spent about $8 million per 1 minute commercial. “As a football player, I didn’t care about the commercials, though some did make me laugh. I thought they were a lot weaker than last year though, except for the Doritos one, those are always cool.” Matt Gadecki said.

A farmer loses his dog, and the dog goes on a journey to return home. At the end, the farmer celebrates the reunion with a Budweiser beer.

Keith DeMartino

A Nationwide Controversy over Super Bowl Advertisements

The boy talked about everything that a boy wants to do when he is young. He said he couldn’t do any of these things because he died in a preventable accident.

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