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At best, Ricky Dobbs was a longshot to win the Heisman Trophy this season. He probably would have had to put up better numbers than he did last year -- when he broke Tim Tebow's record for touchdowns by a quarterback -- and Navy probably would have had to go undefeated.

Regardless of the outcome of Monday's game between the Midshipmen and Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium -- and the Terps are on the move again after Dobbs fumble at the 1-yard line to start the second half -- the Heisman campaign came to a crashing halt.

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You can say that Dobbs fumbled whatever chances he had of winning the coveted trophy,

and possibly the game, away.

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The fumble at the goal line in the third quarter was the second Dobbs lost and the fourth he made against the Terps. It would be one thing if he was a nervous sophomore starting for the first time. But those days were thought to be long in the past and Dobbs, a senior who has started fulltime since the beginning of his junior year and helped win three games as a sophomore (one a start at Northern Illinois), is thought to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football.

I bet that win or lose, Niumatalolo is going to say that Dobbs will have to become more focused. The one thing the third-year coach seemed to be worried about amid all the attention Dobbs has been receiving of late is that he gets properly prepared for his duties as a quarterback. That preparation can be called into question.

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