GM: Have you become more popular in Bancroft Hall since the SMU and
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
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."
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?
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.
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?
GM: Kaipo has his cool last name…Jarod (Bryant) is ‘Mr.
RD: "I don't really have one."
GM: Don't you have a nickname?
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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