Dual-Sport Threat: QC’s Dobbs Stars on the Diamond and Gridiron

3 months ago Andrew Luberda 0

Queen Creek junior two-sport athlete Ryan Dobbs is already considered the best at his position on the baseball diamond, according to head coach Mikel Moreno. On the gridiron, Bulldogs’ football head coach Travis Schureman believes Dobbs and fellow senior-to-be Devin Larsen can develop into one of the most prolific receiver-quarterback duos in the state.

The Bulldogs’ baseball team competed in the Boras Baseball Classic last month, where Moreno told event representatives that his 6-foot-3, 185-pound centerfielder was “the BEST defensive outfielder in the nation.”

Moreno, an All-American outfielder at Arizona State and MLB draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, has the experience and knowledge as a player and a collegiate coach to recognize a player with exceptional talent when he sees one.

“I see the work he puts in day in and day out,” Moreno said to support his claim about Dobbs. “The execution is there, the performance is there. He puts in the work and it translates in the games.”

“(Ryan) has literally saved three or four games with tremendous plays that nobody even comes close to (making).”

In addition to his defensive talents, Dobbs leads or is tied for the team lead in hits, runs, RBI, stolen bases, and doubles. His .400 batting average and 1.130 OPS both rank second on the team, while his 12 walks are third best.

“Ryan is our best defensive player, he’s our best baserunner, and he could be our best hitter,” Moreno said.

Ryan Dobbs in the batter’s box against Camelback.

Dobbs credits his upbringing and good coaching for his success.

“My family and my coaches, they’re always helping me,” he said. “My family has always been there for me. My coaches help me so much; Moreno has helped me so much the past year, two years. My receiver coach, Coach Vasquez, helped me so much. Just work hard and it pays off.”

In his first varsity football season last year, Dobbs finished second on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (407). The most memorable of his four touchdowns – the second most on the team – was a Hail Mary grab in the playoff game versus Notre Dame Prep that forced overtime.

“I’m excited to be the main guy next year,” Dobbs told CountyLinePreps.com about his senior season on the football field. “Me and Devin have been working hard this offseason, throwing. I’m really excited to go against these 6A teams and show what we can do.”

Schureman, who has seen his share of prolific running backs at Queen Creek, is equally excited to see what Dobbs and his soon-to-be highly-recruited quarterback Devin Larsen can do in their second season together.

“Ryan and Devin are two very talented players,” Schureman said. “By the end of next season, Ryan will have worked with Devin more than any other receiver we’ve had. We believe that will translate to special performances by two great players, who we expect to be leaders.”

Moreno is also looking forward to Dobbs’ senior season on the diamond.

“The sky is the limit with him,” Moreno said. “He’s a five-tool player. From where he was as a freshman to where he is now is a 100-percent improvement – he just keeps getting better.”

“I couldn’t ask for a better kid to coach.”