Vols' Dobbs getting hard lessons in freshman year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs is getting a tough introduction to Southeastern Conference football.

Pressed into a starting role as a freshman after injuries decimated Tennessee's quarterback depth, Dobbs has thrown five interceptions without a touchdown pass. Dobbs was 11 of 19 for 53 yards with two interceptions last week in a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones says Dobbs has continued to show progress but that "I thought Saturday he showed his age a little bit."

Dobbs' issues reflected the overall struggles of Tennessee's offense during a four-game skid that knocked the Volunteers out of bowl contention. Tennessee (4-7, 1-6 SEC) has averaged 11.5 points over its last four games heading into its season finale Saturday at Kentucky (2-9, 0-7), which has the SEC's worst pass efficiency defense.

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