Video: Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs Highlights – Tennessee Interceptions

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently selected quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Tennessee product had quite a productive college career that included him throwing for 7,138 yards and 53 touchdowns in the 37 games that he played in over a span of four seasons.

Dobbs, however, did throw 29 interceptions during his career at Tennessee. While we certainly will be breaking down the positive things that Dobbs did during his college career in future posts, today we’ll have a look at all 29 of his interceptions.

In the compilation video below, Dobbs’ interceptions are ordered in the way they happened. The first six interceptions and replays that you’ll see came in 2013. The next six came from Dobbs’ 2014 season and they are followed by his five interceptions from the 2015 season. The video concludes with Dobbs’ 12 interceptions from 2016.

While we have yet to chart these interceptions, I want those of you who will watch the video from start to finish to keep a count of how many were picked-off more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage.

Additionally, watch for the few interceptions that first bounced of the hands of his Tennessee wide receivers. Lastly, I want you to look for the interceptions that occurred after Dobbs’ arm was hit while he was attempting to throw the football.

Joshua Dobbs College Career Interceptions Play By Play

#YEAROPPONENTQRTTIMEDWNDISTLOSPLAY BY PLAY
12013Missouri2nd6:431st10TENN 29Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by E.J. Gaines at the Tenn 41
22013Missouri3rd1:521st10MIZ 31Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Braylon Webb at the Misso 1
32013Auburn3rd4:241st10TENN 43Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Robenson Therezie at the Aub 30
42013Vanderbilt1st11:383rd6VAN 47Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Kenny Ladler at the Vandy 38
52013Vanderbilt2nd10:232nd8TENN 28Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Paris Head at the Tenn 40
62013Kentucky2nd12:053rd13UK 46Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Ashely Lowery at the Kent 15
72014Alabama4th11:491st10TENN 27Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Cyrus Jones at the Alab 35
82014South Carolina4th10:511st10SC 22Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Brison Williams at the SCaro 3
92014Missouri4th12:301st10MIZ 29Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Kenya Dennis at the Misso 20
102014Vanderbilt1st15:001st10TENN 25Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Torren McGaster at the VANDY33
112014Vanderbilt2nd12:573rd8TENN 22Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Torren McGaster at the Tenn 30
122014Iowa3rd5:053rd3IOWA 43Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Desmond King at the IOWA 32
132015Oklahoma2OT3rd12OKLA 27Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Zack Sanchez at the Okla 15
142015Georgia1st12:281st10TENN 38Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Jake Ganus at the Tenn 46
152015Kentucky4th14:203rd8TENN 21Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Khalid Henderson at the Tenn 25
162015South Carolina2nd0:171st10SC 43Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Isaiah Johnson at the SCaro 0
172015North Texas2nd1:351st10UNT 20Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Chad Davis at the NoTex 6
182016Appalachian State2nd1:243rd3APP 28Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Mondo Williams at the AppSt 5
192016Virginia Tech4th14:503rd650Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Mook Reynolds at the VTech 44
202016Ohio1st3:321st10TENN 18Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Randy Stites at the Tenn 28
212016Florida2nd8:573rdGFLA 7Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Quincy Wilson at the FLA 0
222016Florida3rd13:182nd6FLA 30Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Teez Tabor at the Fla 8
232016Georgia4th8:232nd13TENN 22Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Maurice Smith at the Tenn 42
242016Texas A&M3rd4:002nd7TENN 38Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Justin Evans at the TexAM 39
252016Texas A&M2OT1st10TA&M 25Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Armani Watts at the TexAM 8
262016Alabama1st0:143rd7ALA 37Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Ronnie Harrison at the Tenn 42
272016South Carolina2nd13:453rd17TENN 14Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Jamarcus King at the Tenn 31
282016South Carolina4th3:421st10TENN 20Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Jamarcus King at the SCaro 46
292016Kentucky2nd0:322nd10TENN 39Joshua Dobbs pass intercepted by Derrick Baity at the Kent 36

  • Darth Blount 47

    “While we certainly will be breaking the positive things that Dobbs did during his college career in future posts, today we’ll have a look at all 29 of his interceptions…”

    Mhmmm…. fresh chum for the now shark-infested waters of the Allegheny! 😉

  • Dorian James

    I’ll will watch after I get off . but I’ve watched him on the Gruden’s QB camp, and they talked about some of those. But I was still impressed with the kid. And he seems like a great human being as well.

  • PaeperCup

    A lot of throws into tight coverage even double coverage. I don’t question his natural ability, but I’m not sold on his decision making.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Eh, he’s 22. I remember some of the decisions I used to make a lot back then, too. Like take this one time for instance… Oh, wait… no. Nevermind. Lol.

  • RickM

    Lol. I admire the balance – showing both the good and bad over time. That’s good reporting.

  • Spencer Krick

    I think there were about 9ish that weren’t his fault due to tips or bad WR play.

    In my opinion it’s his accuracy that’s the big deal. When he misses, he misses big.

  • barry foster

    The pitchfork mobb is coming

  • barry foster

    He’s got plenty of time to learn

  • RickM

    The starting point of course is we’re looking at the worst of him. With that understood, a number of the INT’s were just too easy. His vision downfield was not the best. Not sure if he is forcing things, or just not seeing opposition players. And the accuracy issues previously mentioned were there as well.

  • WreckIess

    Early on a lot of his interceptions seemed to be because of his tendency to stare down his receivers then after he grew out of that he just developed some bad decision making at times. Not what you’d like to see, but it’s expected of a young guy. He’s got all the tools, but Tennessee didn’t hire a full time QB coach until early this year so he didn’t really have anyone to work with him one on one. Who knows? Maybe some NFL coaching might turn him into a pretty good QB.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    “Underthrown. And interception!” Ben underthrows quite a bit to this very day.

    That seems to be the common denominator on the ones that were his fault. That’s not bad, though. It might have been 3rd and long and he’s trying to make something happen, so he does not set his feet and tries to just rip it. The ball is underthrown as you would expect. There were a couple that he looked only at his first read the whole time despite being doubled.

    Those seem like rookie mistakes, not inability or total stupidity. That’s better that I expected.

  • barry foster

    Yes 3 coaches in his ear randy ,ben and Haley. He will be ok his offensive line was horrible especially playing in that conference

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, after Matt vented his frustrations about the TE’s, and Alex let the organization have it over the UDFA, it sort of felt like Dave’s turn. But I agree… highlighting both the good and bad is healthy catharsis.

  • PaeperCup

    Post draft, pre-OTAs….what else are we gonna do?

  • RickM

    It’s also honest and there is never anything wrong with that.

  • Consistent

    The past 2 seasons Ben’s had 29 interceptions…

  • barry foster

    Yeah I can remember few bone head throws Ben made especially the dolphins game

  • Jacob

    I wonder what the avg. is for NFL qb’s when it comes to % of interceptions being on passes longer than 20 yards? It should be obvious that the shorter your throw, the easier it is to hit your target.

  • RickM

    Phillip Rivers had 34, Eli Manning had 30 and even Matt Ryan had 23. Maybe we should call these teams and trade Dobbs for a 1st rounder next year. The NFL is a whole different level of play. I am not suggesting Dobbs should be graded on his worst throws of the year. That’s unfair. But comparing his college stats to NFL stats makes little sense.

  • popsiclesticks

    Outside of the shorted deep throws, he does seem to miss high a lot. Kinda like Eli Manning, whose INTs are the main reason he’s not considered in the top top tier of QBs, IMO.

  • Matt Correll

    I counted 9 balls that were 20+ yard or more down field. I saw 6 balls that were bobbled or dropped by receivers, and I think 3 were his arm got hit. Additionally, the last INT against Kentucky, though a questionable decision to throw into that coverage, looked like a 50/50 ball that the receiver didn’t really fight for.

    There were 15 that just seemed like poor accuracy/ ball placement. There was 1-2 where it looked like the receiver ran the wrong route though, so those aren’t necessarily issues of accuracy.

    I also noticed 3 where he was trying to make the throw while off balance– either running out of the pocket and jumping and throwing (by far the worst example), or throwing off his back leg while sort of stumbling.

  • SteelersDepot

    Well done

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    That’s still a lot of interceptions, plus don’t forget Ben did miss about a half a season in that time.

  • RickM

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Roethlisberger throws some lemons and some gems. But defend Dobbs by saying ‘these are likely his worst throws’. Not by bringing a future HOF QB into the discussion.

    Ben has also thrown 110 TD’s in the last 4 years. Am I supposed to put Dobbs down because he only had 53 TD’s? We’re talking apples and oranges given the difference between pro and college football. Defending – or criticizing – Dobbs based on Roethlisberger’s play makes no sense to me. His play should stand on its own merits.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Come on now, nobody’s going to say Dobbs is better because of that. It just gives you some perspective.

  • RickM

    I am not going to watch the tape all over again. I started to watch it a second time after your comment and respectfully his very first pass over 20 yards was simply overthrown. His arm was not hit and the receiver didn’t get close to the ball. I’m not going to re-watch the other 8.

  • RickM

    When you look at his tape and then say ‘well our QB threw a lot of INT’s’, that’s defending the guy. We both know that.

    Sometimes I feel like honest, critical thinking is in shorter and shorter supply on here. i said as my starting point that it wasn’t fair to grade him on all the bad throws. But anyone who watches that tape and isn’t a little troubled isn’t being honest with themselves. That does not mean – at all – that he cannot be a good QB down the road. But there are some very bad decisions and bad throws there. The last word is yours.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Critical thinking? There’s nothing to think about. I’m sure that statement was made to give perspective not to compare stats side by side. Who in here would honestly ever try to compare Ben to Dobbs? The only person here riding that sentiment is you.

  • mem359

    Daniel pointed out last week that Dobbs only had 1 interception in his last 5 games.
    If he made adjustments to his game and corrected his mistakes, there is no way to know based on only looking at his interceptions.

    What will be interesting is the follow-up to this video… Now that you’ve identified some of the mistakes he made earlier in his college career (that led to INTs), is he still doing them in his last run of games? Was he just lucky in his last few games, or has his style evolved?

  • Matt Correll

    Rick, I agree with you. I was commenting on three separate things. 1. the number of passes over 20 yards. 2. passes dropped by receivers 3. passes he got hit on. They were three separate categories of INTs.

  • RickM

    Thanks Matt. I agree for sure that some of the INT’s were not his fault. Such is the very difficult life of any QB.

  • Taylor Williams

    So pretty much Landry Jones.

  • PaeperCup

    Respectfully disagree, it gives very little perspective. Ben is playing against the worlds best players and coaches. Dobbs played against college players and coaches, which 80-90% of them won’t play a down in the pros.

    Dobs is expected to play against those pros.

    Now if we do want a better comparison, lets bring up Bens stats in college. I don’t know what they are exactly, but that’ll give better perspective.

  • Doogie

    Bad decisions mostly, some accuracy issues, but a lot of them should never have been thrown. That might be fixable.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to exonerate the guy by any means, and there are certainly some stinkers in there, but I can’t help but observe the number of interceptions here in which were involved one or more of the following: 1) bad snaps; 2) significant pressure to the point of contact; 3) poor effort or execution from the target.

  • 2winz

    only about 8 of those ints, I would not put blame on him. Some of those are really bad throws and A LOT of those plays.. you see either a bad snap and a lot of pressure. he needs to get better throwing under pressure, and be smarter in the ball placement.

  • 2winz

    I said the same thing but I also noticed the line play. a lot of bad snaps and quick pressure.

  • VaDave

    I kind of wish I hadn’t seen this. Although it didn’t look like he was playing in a great offensive system, and certainly his receivers didn’t help him much, but his passes look a lot like a duck in flight loaded with a tail full of buck shot…

  • Xclewsive

    Wonder what Bens interception compilation would look like?

  • Steeler-Drew

    Lol, you are right throw. I wasn’t seeing the strong arm we heard about with many under thrown balls. In fairness let’s see what the good tape looks like. Perhaps he shows a stronger arm in those. But for a me it was a mixed bag filled with a little bit of everything: poor reads, flat out in accuracy, and poor pocket awareness to name a few. Most of the deflected interceptions was bad luck but 3-4 were flat poor passes anyway.

  • VaDave

    I saw his highlight film. He did show much better on it of course. Colbert said the thing that they like about this kid was he played better when games were on the line, and discounted the raw stats. I guess we will see, but frankly, I hope we see a lot of Big Ben in the next 4 years…

  • Steeler-Drew

    Agree, but as of right now I just hope he plays out his contract.

  • Consistent

    Holdup I wasn’t defending anybody! I just pointed out that Ben has had 29 ints in the last 2 years for perspective.

    I was hoping it would slow down all the “I don’t like his decision making”,”I don’t like his accuracy” fake scouting talk and hope people would realize we’re watching ALL his interceptions lol

    Watch the last 29 ints Ben thrown and I’m sure it looks just as ugly like Ben has no business in the NFL,but it won’t tell the whole story of Ben’s play.

  • Douglas Andrews

    You can see some mechanical flaws but definitely things that can be coached up. I watched a few of his Tenn games. Dude is a baller. Steelers got a good one.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Poor effort or execution from the targets really stood out to me also.

  • TroymanianDevil

    I counted
    6 deflections/dropped
    2 while getting hit
    1 Hail Mary at the end of the half so I wouldn’t count that
    Personally I saw 2 that I feel like the WR could’ve/should’ve fought to prevent

    That leaves 18 that I place on Dobbs, which isn’t too bad considering it’s a full career worth. Some of those picks were when he was 18 years old. And 12 in the last season compared to way less the other 3 makes me think he was asked to do much more in that last season.
    Out of the rest, many were underthrown. Many were into double coverage.
    The pick6 screen pass against Alabama was truly awful.

    Overall it’s not bad, many mistakes sure, but nothing truly awful excpet the one mentioned above. I don’t think an INT compilation would look good for any QB. He’ll have so much more at his disposal here, don’t think the Tenn offense was exactly overflowing with talent there. So let’s see what he’s got.

  • NW86

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. Lots of throws that should have never been thrown into double/triple coverage. We’ve heard about how smart he is so all I can think is maybe his vision downfield is a problem.

  • Uncle Rico.

    Fix his feet and don’t ask him to throw on the run and you fix a bulk of it. The times when he dropped back and threw from a proper base and still threw an INT, those were almost all tipped balls, miscommunication with receiver, bad presnap read. There were a few bone head decisions in there too. But seemed around half of all INTs came on the move or while sliding his feet. He has a great arm and release, but it all goes to crap without a good base. The guy didn’t have much to work with, receivers or protection. Wasn’t a wilting lily in the pocket. A lot of this can be corrected by cleaning up his feet, utilizing him better, and by just surrounding him with better players.

  • Zarbor

    Well, I saw some positives in these videos. The kid has pocket presence and that’s huge because a lot of these guess either don’t have a clock in their head nor can they feel the pressure. He also does a great job being elusive in and out of the pocket while keeping his vision down the field. Unlike these read option QBs, he looks like a pocket QB first.

    However, there is a lot of bad here.The claim being made about him is being smart. These videos don’t help that case at all. Actually, he looks pretty dumb in a lot of these INTs. Doesn’t look like he read defenses well at all. In some of these videos it clear you don’t throw the ball into double and triple coverage, yet he did while missing the WIDE open guy. Then some of his throws were very poor. His accuracy needs work. Its concerning because some of those throws he had no pressure. I’m not sure if its mechanics since the ball comes out fine but when you have a wide open WR and you still manage to throw it behind of him to the defender?

    Well, the last good news is that not all INTs were his fault. Some of his players can’t catch and/or loss concentration. Others were poor throws and the WR tried to make a play but ended in an INT. The kid needs a lot of help but he clearly has some workable tools. As Martavis would say “this is Landry’s replacement (at best), not Ben’s.”

  • Zarbor

    At best

  • Zarbor

    You and maybe several on here are just watching his INTs. Several of us however have watch this kid play full games and his accuracy and decision making were consistently bad. TN this past year had a lot of talent on the team and they under achieved. He was one of the reason but clearly not the only.

  • RickM

    Yes, I was a little surprised by that (throwing into clear good coverage). But we’re looking at some of his worst plays and any QB will do that from time to time. Then again, you don’t know how many other passes could have been intercepted but weren’t. I take highlight and lowlight tapes for what they are (don’t get too high or low on guys based on them). But there were some troubling indicators and as you say downfield vision is a key one. I’m usually full disclosure so the NFL profile site that said he had 9 INT’s in his senior year in 104 passes of 10 yards or more influences me. That said, let’s see what he has in pre-season and beyond. I would love if he surprises me long-term.

  • RickM

    Critical thinking means you actually acknowledge both the good and the bad. As I said that is in short supply. Even when folks see the bad, they excuse it away by saying “well other QB’s do it”. That isn’t relevant to looking at this tape and commenting on it. I have been clear, this tape is representative of the worst of Dobbs and should be taken in that light. But when you look at this tape and don’t see throwing into very good coverage, accuracy and lack of touch issues, then you’re being an apologist.

    As for me being the only person comparing him to Ben, get real and truthful. I made the comment after someone on the site said Ben throws a lot of INT’s as well, and now another has said let’s see Roethlisberger’s tape. So don’t lie say that I’m the (only) guy here riding that sentiment. I didn’t even mention Ben until someone else brought him into the equation.

  • PaeperCup

    I think we need a TDs or completions compilation to help give us some perspective on the prospect we just drafted.

  • Zarbor

    I’ve gotten all the perspective I need to see on this kid. For those of you who have not watch him during the season, I agree, you may need to watch a game like when they played Alabama or Florida