Walk on of the Week: Josh Dobbie

Walk on of the Week: Josh Dobbie

Josh Dobbie took anything but the usual path to becoming a Florida State Seminole. Not very highly recruited out of Bloomingdale High School in Tampa by many high major schools, Dobbie received a scholarship to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York. With the opportunity to play football at the Division 1 level, Dobbie took the offer.

While playing for Army, Dobbie played wide receiver for two seasons. After his third semester on campus, Dobbie decided that he didn't want to continue his career as a Black Knight. He decided to transfer to Florida State University where he enrolled in January. "I wanted to get into a bigger program. I always kinda wanted to play here. So when I felt like I had that opportunity to play here after I left there, I took it, and that's about it."

During the spring, Dobbie walked on to FSU, not as a wide receiver, but as a tight end. The departure of Brandon Warren along with the move to offensive line from Caz Piurowski left the Seminoles very slim at tight end. Also, as we found out earlier this week, Jonathan Hannah did not qualify to play this season. This opened the door for Dobbie to get a chance to show what he can do this season. "Yeah, you know, Charlie's the starter and everything so he's gonna be in there but I'm gonna be getting in there more passing plays because I used to be a wide receiver and I just moved to tight end in the spring. So whenever I get in there I will and help the team do what I can."

Just making the team as a walk on doesn't satisfy Dobbie. He fully expects to earn a scholarship by seasons end. When asked what he must do to earn the scholarship, he replied, "Mostly just learn all the different fundamentals of being a tight end. From blocking to footwork to everything I can." He is working hard to adjust to the differences from playing wide receiver to now playing tight end. "It's definitely a lot more physical being on the line and everything but when it comes down to it, football is football."

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