Alabama using a linebacker to mimic Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs in practice
It's an unclear whether Alabama respects Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs as a passer. If the Tide's practice preparation is any indications of their thoughts on the subject, they do not.
Running the scout team offense for Alabama Monday was Jamey Mosley, brother of former All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley. Although the younger Mosley played quarterback in high school, it's hard to imagine he is anything near the passer Dobbs was in Tennessee's latest game against Georgia.
Alabama appears to be prepping its defense for the inevitable scrambling of the Vols' quarterback, and his physical running style, which have led to a number of missed tackles for opponents this season.
A big question heading into the game is Tennessee's health after a series of injuries. Will the Vols' banged up offensive line have healed up in time to go up against one of the most physical front sevens in the nation? If not, Dobbs may be forced to escape from the pocket more often than his team would like.
If the Vols stand any chance of springing the upset, Dobbs is likely going to have to beat them from within the pocket. Considering Alabama is using a linebacker to scout as Dobbs, that's something they clearly are not too worried about heading into the game.