CBSsports.com columnist Gregg Doyel has weighed in on the Ricky Dobbs For Heisman movement that has gained steam recently (there’s even a Twitter account pushing for Dobbs). Turns out Doyel is onboard, although he has no illusion about how difficult it will be for Dobbs to garner serious consideration.
“This is a long shot, of course. You know it. I know it. Even Dobbs knows it, ” Doyel writes. “He’s a confident sort — in his official bio at Navy he not only says he wants to be President of the United States, he tells us which year he wants to be elected — but he’s not confident enough to think he can win the Heisman.”
The best anecdote about Dobbs came when Doyel asked Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo about the broken kneecap that Dobbs played with for most of last season.
This injury requires surgery, ideally immediately, but when doctors gave Dobbs two choices — season-ending surgery that would rebuild the knee, or a less-invasive surgery that would sideline him for a month or so — Dobbs called an audible.
“I’m sitting there with Ricky and the doctors, and they gave him two options, and he said, ‘I’m going with option three,'” said Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. “The doctors are going, ‘Option three?’ But that’s what Ricky said. He said he was going to rely on his faith in God and play through it.”
Option three. Fantastic. As Navy fans know, Dobbs missed only one game and eventually led the Mids to wins over Notre Dame and Army, as well as a Texas Bowl victory against Missouri. Granted, some of the love for Dobbs is way over-the-top, but how can you not like this guy?