Getting to know Ricky Dobbs

GoMids.com's David Ausiello had a chance to catch-up with Navy sophomore quarterback Ricky Dobbs after practice on Thursday. Dobbs has been sensational this season when he has been called into action. Against SMU, he rushed for 224 yards and 4 TDs, and versus Temple he led Navy to a thrilling victory. So who is Ricky Dobbs? And is he ready to start against Notre Dame if called upon?

GM: Have you become more popular in Bancroft Hall since the SMU and Temple games?

RD: "Just a little bit. Before people just knew me as a nice person, but now they know me as a football player. (Fellow midshipmen) had never seen me play, so they didn't know if I could. They had just thought I was a nice person."

GM: What has it been like with this new found fame?

RD: "I think it is good for the Brigade. I hear from a lot of my classmates who say, "Hey, I know him – he's my roommate's friend." It's a blessing that God has made me the type of person I am – outgoing and friendly. I'm not just a football player."

GM: Has anything changed as far as your preparation during the week now that you could possibly be starting against Notre Dame?

RD: "No, I am not doing anything differently. I'm trying to learn and just trying to stay ready because I don't know if I will be starting or not – either way, I'll be ready."

GM: But you are getting more reps in practice now then you were at the beginning of the year, no?

RD: "A little bit but when Kaipo was out earlier this season I was getting all the reps in the (second team) huddle which I am doing know…so I guess it is pretty much the same."

GM: Are you ready to start against Notre Dame?

RD: "I believe I would be able to…just keep praying and preparing. Coach Niumat has always told me to prepare as if I am the starter.  You know, just be ready for anything because you are one snap away (from playing)."

GM: Is there a difference if you make your first start against Notre Dame or Northern Illinois or (insert school here)?

RD: "It doesn't matter. It's just a blessing. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of being a starting quarterback on Saturdays.  So anyway it goes it will be great. I don't care if (we are playing) a high school team or Notre Dame – you just have to be prepared."

GM: Recently, Army sophomore quarterback Chip Bowden said that he thought Army had played some teams that "are a lot better than Navy." Did you see those comments?

RD: "Somebody forwarded it to me but I don't pay much attention to it. I try not to get caught up in it."

GM: What about the articles that have been written about you? Have you had a chance to read them?

RD: "I read some, but I don't read a lot of them. My family tells me a lot of stuff but I still don't try to get into it because I don't want to get myself caught up in the hype – with people's opinions – because it doesn't help me focus in on what I need to do here."

GM: What is it like talking to your family after the last two games? What do they say?

RD: They just tell me congratulations. They tell me that they knew I had it in me but they were just waiting for me to get my shot. They are proud of me. My whole town is behind me, and even when I wasn't playing, they would just watch (the game) to see me walk down the sidelines. It's good to know people are behind me like that.

GM: Is there someone out there to keep you grounded if you have a great game?

RD: My uncle, Thomas Cobb - he taught me everything I know about football. He kept me grounded growing up as a child and he tells me to stay humble. He took me in when times where tough growing up. He has helped me become the man I am today.

GM: Prior to the SMU game, Coach Jasper thought you had a long way to go. Do you think you are getting there?

RD: "I think I'm getting there. I'm trying to learn and I feel if I just take it one game at a time…one practice at a time. I try not to make the same mistakes over. It's real hard getting adjusted to this type of offense, and I didn't know anything at all about defenses (when I first) came here. There will be times I'm thinking I don't want to run much and I'd like to throw, but that's not what we do here. So I had to convince myself to be all in for the cause."

GM: Are you comfortable being the leader in the huddle?

RD: "I'm pretty comfortable because I know the guys I am out there in the huddle with are fully behind me and they have confidence in me. It just drives me to go out there and do (my job)."

GM: Do you look forward to seeing #4 for Navy in a college football video game?

RD: It was on there this year. One of my friends from home (brought me off the bench) and put me in the game. It's just a blessing. It's something I've always dreamed about.

GM: Have you called your number on the video game?

RD: "Yeah."

GM: How did you #4 for Navy do?

RD: "Pretty good, but I'm not that big of a video-gamer though. There is some time in (Bancroft Hall) to do it, but I choose not to."

GM: What past Navy quarterback do you feel you are most like?

RD: To be honest, I have not watched too many. All I have done is read different stuff about them. I don't know, but I can tell you who I strive to be like.

GM: Ok.

RD: "I strive to be like Roger Staubach…a little bit from Lamar Owens…a little bit from Kaipo.  Really a little bit from every quarterback who has been here."

GM: What do you plan to major in?

RD: "Oceanography."

GM: Kaipo has his cool last name…Jarod (Bryant) is ‘Mr. Alabama'…who is Ricky Dobbs?  What is your identity?

RD: "I don't really have one."

GM: Don't you have a nickname?

RD: "Yes."

GM: Well, let's hear it.

RD: "They call me ‘Backdoor Dobbs.' (laughter) A lot of times during camp this fall I'd drop back to pass and nothing would be open so I'd just run (out the backdoor). Or if a play was going one way and it broke down, I'd just turn around and go the other way, so they call me ‘Backdoor Dobbs.'"

GM: Did you get any grief for accidentally swearing during the SMU post-game interview? (Editor's Note: Dobbs was interviewed after the game and said that his offensive line played their ‘asses off.' He immediately apologized for his inappropriate language).

RD: "Yes - my mom (gave me grief for it).  It was the first thing she said to me after the game. She said it sounded as if I did not have any home training (on how to speak) since I swore on national TV."  

GM: Tell me something people don't know about you?

RD: "I'm a very emotional person." 

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