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Ricky Dobbs

Dobbs at the 2009 Texas Bowl
Navy MidshipmenNo. 4
Quarterback Junior
Major: General Science
Date of birth: January 31, 1988 (1988-01-31) (age 21)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career history
High school: Douglas County High School,
Douglasville, Georgia
 College(s):
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 Texas Bowl MVP
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season (27)

Ricky Dobbs (born January 31, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the United States Naval Academy. In 2009 he broke the single season college football record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 27.

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High school

Dobbs was known as "the Mayor" by his teachers at Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia. He was the recipient of the Faculty Cup at his commencement ceremony in 2006. Dobbs was also voted Homecoming King & Mr.DCHS by his peers.[1]

As a Douglas County Tiger, he also played with San Diego Chargers Mike Tolber. Dobbs was a multi-sport athlete having been on the track and basketball teams. In his senior year the Tigers were State Runner-Ups in basketball.

He had an offer to play wide receiver for Georgia Tech, but chose Navy in part because of medical benefits for himself and family as well as opportunities beyond football and service to his country.[2]

College football career

Dobbs runs the triple option offense for the Navy Midshipmen.[1][3]

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2008 season

Dobbs rushed for 498 yards and eight touchdowns.[1][4] Navy was honored at the White House in April 2009 for winning a sixth straight Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, and Dobbs said he autographed a helmet presented to President Barack Obama five times "so Obama would remember him".[1]

2009 season

Dobbs (no. 4) scores a touchdown on October 3 against Air Force.

During his first full year as a starter Dobbs rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 901 passing yards and five passing touchdowns. The team had the second best rushing offense in terms of yards.[1][4]

Dobbs missed one game and most of another with a broken bone in his knee.[5] Navy beat Notre Dame, but lost to Hawaii. and Dobbs tied Tim Tebow's record 23 rushing touchdowns for a quarterback on November 27, one more than former Air Force standout Chance Harridge.[6][7] On December 12 against arch rival Army, Dobbs ran for his 24th rushing touchdown on the season, making him the record holder for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season.

Navy played in the Texas Bowl on December 31 against Missouri, their seventh straight bowl game. Dobbs ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the game and completed 9 of 14 passes for 130 yards and a fourth touchdown in a 35-13 victory. Dobbs finished with the NCAA record of 27 single-season rushing touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. [8] [9]

Personal

Dobbs was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is the son of an electrician and a beautician.[1] He has said that he wants to be the second African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl and shares the same birthday, January 31, as that of the first player to do so, Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins.[10] He is friends with Williams and NFL quarterback Shaun King.[10]

Dobbs' role model is President Barack Obama. He is a Democrat and vice president of Navy’s junior class.[1] He said that he had wanted to become the first African-American president, but after Obama was elected,[2] has stated "I’ll definitely be the second now."[1] He has a five-year military commitment after graduation, "although he could apply after two years to the secretary of the Navy to try to have the remaining three years of active duty become six years in the Reserve."[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brian Heyman Inspired by Obama, Navy Quarterback’s Sights Are Set on 2040 November 8, 2009 New York Times
  2. ^ a b Doug Lesmerises Ohio State football: Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs wants to be president Ohio State Buckeyes Football & Basketball Blog, Analysis & Commentary by Doug Lesmerises September 03, 2009 Cleveland.com
  3. ^ Thomas Boswell A player and team worthy of salute Saturday, November 21, 2009 Washington Post
  4. ^ a b Player profile (stats) ESPN
  5. ^ Ricky Dobbs to start at QB for Navy against Notre Dame November 25, 2009 Sporting News
  6. ^ "The sophomore ran for one touchdown, tying the college football record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback at 23. He's now even with Air Force's Chance Harridge and Florida's Tim Tebow." Audrey McAvoy Hawaii spoils Navy coach's island homecoming November 29, 2009 Associated Press
  7. ^ [1] Chance Harridge's 22 TDs
  8. ^ Navy 35, Missouri 13 Recap ESPN
  9. ^ Game recap: Navy 35, Missouri 13 ESPN
  10. ^ a b Ricky Dobbs profile Navy Sports

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