Now this is the Ricky Dobbs we've been waiting to see.
Coming into the season as a long-shot Heisman Trophy candidate, Dobbs, slowed by some nagging injuries, had been stuck in idle for much of the first five games. Saturday night at Wake Forest, he kicked things into another gear and he led Navy back over the .500 mark and rejuvenated the season for the Mids.
And the thing is, he predicted he'd be back to normal Saturday.
"All I can say now is that you're going to see the explosiveness, the breaking tackles and everything else because I feel back to par and have regained my confidence within myself," Dobbs told the Annapolis Capital after last Tuesday's practice. "We have to move forward as an offense and that starts with me doing my job better and being more productive. You're going to see a whole new Navy offense beginning with this next game and it's going to start with me."
Dobbs ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, including the pass that gave the Mids a 28-27 win over the ACC Demon Deacons.
Dobbs directed a 10-play, 64-yard drive that ended with hitting wide receiver Greg Jones with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 26.4 seconds left to pull off the huge road win.
"It felt good to finally put everything together at the end and win a close game like this," said Dobbs, clearly back on his game when it mattered most for a team that was facing a 2-4 record. "Everything was working on that last drive and we had a lot of people make plays."
The Mids won despite losing both fullbacks, including leading rusher Vince Murray, to injuries during the course of the game.