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Joshua Dobbs relives 2016 Tennessee ‘Hail Mary’ before returning to Georgia: ‘You’re gone right now’

Joshua Dobbs relives 2016 Tennessee ‘Hail Mary’ before returning to Georgia: ‘You’re gone right now’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Joshua Dobbs had what some might consider a strange farewell request for teammate Nick Chubb.

“I told him, ‘Tennessee and Georgia are No. 1 and No. 2 and I want to go to the game and stand next to you,'” Dobbs told Sporting News. “Let’s go to the game. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Chubb and Dobbs are both Georgia natives, but they’re sure to get different receptions at Sanford Stadium when the undefeated SEC East teams meet. Chubb watched from the sideline as Dobbs made one of the most unforgettable plays in the rivalry’s history.

On October 1, 2016, Tennessee quarterback connected with Jauan Jennings for a 43-yard Hail Mary that stunned Georgia 34-31 at Sanford Stadium. CBS analyst Gary Danielson dubbed it “Another Hobnail Boot” and it’s the Volunteers’ last win in the series.

Dobbs still cherishes the sprint to the pile in the end zone after Jennings’ miraculous catch.

“You kind of shut down in those moments,” Dobbs said. “You see the catch, you see the stands; they didn’t go crazy because we were in Georgia. You see your band go crazy with your teammates celebrating and confirming the catch. You just hang in there and enjoy the moment.”

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The Hail Mary was part of one of the wildest final 10 seconds in college football. Georgia lost 28-24 and called a timeout with 19 seconds left in the game. Tennessee, which already had an overtime thriller with Appalachian State in Week 1 and a comeback win against Florida the previous week, was on a roller coaster ride in 2016. Dobbs remembers looking at teammate Josh Malone and saying : “This year is taking years off. my life with these heartbreakers at the end of games.”

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason hit Riley Ridley for a 47-yard touchdown out of timeout. which gave the Bulldogs a 31-28 lead.

“They throw the ball down the sideline, for a quick second you’re like, ‘No way,’ and then you realize there’s time left on the clock,” Dobbs said. “They get a 15-yard penalty for over-celebration. Boom, then we get a kickoff that puts us within Hail Mary distance and from there it’s like, Hey, we’ve got a shot. Let’s execute.’

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Dobbs had four seconds to work, and he took advantage in the pocket. Georgia carried a three-man rush, and Tennessee had six in protection.

“Hail Marys are interesting because it’s the only time a quarterback really looks at the rush because you have time for your receivers to get down the field,” Dobbs said. “So if the rush gets to you quickly, you want to be able to maneuver and get to open space in the pocket.

“It was really waiting until the receivers got to the 10-yard line to put the ball in the air,” he said. “From there, the goal point is about four years into the end zone, where the jumper will be, which is where Jauan ended up catching it.”

That set off a wild celebration at Sanford Stadium and on social media. The work was part of the “Celine a Scene” trend., which culminated in the music of “My Heart Will Go On.” Dobbs admits he still heard the call from Georgia announcer Scott Howard several times.

“You can hear the crowd buzzing and the excitement because they’re about to win, right, and it’s like ‘And he throws it and it’s … caught,'” Dobbs said. “His tone of voice just goes so low and so sad It’s a mean-spirited good time for Tennessee fans.”

Dobbs, who grew up in Alpharetta, Ga., will always have that moment to remember, especially this weekend when he attends the game with Chubb, who is from Cedartown. Dobbs isn’t afraid to talk a little slap along the way.

“There are so many guys from Georgia going to Tennessee,” Dobbs said. “You either didn’t get drafted by Georgia or you just got tired of watching that ugly red grow up in Georgia. For me it was more of the latter, but a little bit of both.”

Dobbs also expects Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, the Heisman Trophy favorite, makes his own memory at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs have won the last five meetings since Dobbs’ Hail Mary, and Georgia is favored by eight points.

Dobbs, however, will enjoy the moment at Sanford Stadium, just like the last one.

“Guys are making plays, especially Hendon, and it’s fun to watch,” Dobbs said. “It’s fun to watch in Tennessee. We went through a lull where there were no games and it was hard to watch at times, but to have such dynamic players at a high level — it’s fun to watch Tennessee football. where it’s at.”





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