Jake Ganus knows a lot of people.
Having grown up in Alpharetta before moving to Chelsea, Alabama, Ganus got to meet his fair share of players that went on to play college ball. Spending his first three years of college football at UAB, he now knows quite a bit of players around the country now – including Indiana running back Jordan Howard, who ranks seventh nationally with 709 rushing yards.
Another high-profile player Ganus knows is Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Ganus and Dobbs grew up in the same area, with Ganus’ dad coaching both of them in the Alpharetta Youth Football Association.
Now, Ganus will take on his former youth league teammate this Saturday when Georgia travels to Tennessee. Ganus couldn't recall much about the team they were on. But given the fact that two college football players were on it meant it had to have won plenty of games.
“I remember we had a good team,” Ganus said.
This season, Dobbs has thrown for 789 yards and five touchdowns, while running for 250 yards and three touchdowns. He'll be a key player for Georgia to slow down when the Bulldogs and Volunteers meet in Knoxville, Tennessee this Saturday.
Back in the park league days, Dobbs may not have been able to play quarterback since the now 6-3, 207-pounder was among the bigger kids on the team.
“I think he was one of our bigger kids so I felt he played some defensive end,” Ganus said. “I can’t even remember. When I played park ball I was a tight end and a middle linebacker. The bigger kids played on the line and the smaller, faster kids played skill positions. I want to say he played on the line.”