Ricky Dobbs wanted to take his talents to Atlanta

Navy senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs thought long and hard about transferring to Georgia Tech when coach Paul Johnson left. (AP photo)

Annapolis Capital sports scribe Bill Wagner is profiling many of Navy’s seniors in the lead up to this Saturday’s Army-Navy game. He profiled do-everything-quarterback Ricky Dobbs who will be included on a short list of Navy’s greatest all-time players. What’s most interesting in Wagner’s piece, though, is how close Navy came to losing the “Magic Man.”

You can read the whole article here, but these are some of the highlights.

• Dobbs didn’t start at quarterback when he enrolled at the Naval Academy Prep School. Coaches played him at first at fullback and Dobbs wasn’t happy. Navy was the only Division 1 school to offer him a scholarship, but Dobbs thought he was offered a false bill of goods.

“I’d been a quarterback all my life and suddenly I’m trying to learn a position I’d never played. I was like, ‘This isn’t what I signed up for.’ I had to think long and hard about whether or not I wanted to even go to the academy,” Dobbs told Wagner.