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Tennessee native Randall Cobb tried to downplay the importance of Saturday’s game at Tennessee.

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SEC Headlines – 11/22/10 Part Three

1.  Georgia Tech has a better record (barely), but Georgia is the heavy favorite heading into Saturday’s game.

2.  Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is preparing for something he didn’t see in the NFL – a triple-option attack.

3.  For Kentucky, “The Streak” is still the focus going into Tennessee week.

4.  Joker Phillips has suspended defensive tackle Mark Crawford for the rest of the season for a violation of team rules.

5.  John Calipari’s team’s lack of experience could cost the Cats at the Maul Invitational.  UK plays Oklahoma today at 5pm ET.

6.  South Carolina doesn’t sound like a team that’s looking past Clemson to the SEC title game.

7.  There might be reasons to expect an upset, but Carolina’s offense is “just too good.”

8.  Ellis Johnson has plenty of perspective on just how important the USC-Clemson rivalry is.

9.  Derek Dooley wants his Tennessee team to focus on Kentucky… not bowl possibilities.

10.  His Vols certainly weren’t focused on Vanderbilt last week.

11.  Tennessee native and Kentucky star Randall Cobb says he’s going to let his pads do his talking this week.

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Cobb Named a Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

University of Kentucky junior wide receiver Randall Cobb has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2010 Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the best receiver in college football by the Tallahassee (Fla.) Quarterback Club.
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Randall Cobb: The Will of the Man

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Now up at CoachCal.com: My take on UK’s terrific trio of freshman, and their performance Friday night against ETSU.  Also, find an interesting interview I did with the newest Wildcat fan sensation, the Kentucky Spidermen (these guys are committed).  Now, on to Randall Cobb.

“The difference between a successful person and others, is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather, a lack of will.”  Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi

 When University of Kentucky junior football player Randall Cobb arrived in Lexington in 2008, the Alcoa, Tennessee native was touted as the heir apparent savior of the newly relevant UK pigskin program.  Promoted as a player who could pass, run, and catch, all with equal aplomb, Cobb was expected to be the player most responsible for the continuation of the program’s recent football success.

And then we got a look at him.  Listed at 5-11, 186 lbs, Cobb’s physical stature seems more suited to that of a lead-off hitter, rather than a game-changing football star.  But my how looks can deceive.  For on the outside, for what the world sees, is only a small percentage of what the man is made of. 

In the ever-changing world of college football, where the trend in desirable talent is heading toward the bigger, faster, stronger player, Cobb stands out as a man unblessed with the physical attributes most sought after by today’s college football coaches — Perhaps that is the reason the University of Tennessee, only 14 miles from Cobb’s hometown, opted not to recruit the homegrown star until it was too late.  And perhaps that is the reason the so-called recruiting experts opted to place only three-stars (on a five-star scale) next to Cobb’s name as he prepared to enter college.

But, successfully measuring the “want to” in a player’s heart is one of the reasons Kentucky football has risen from the ashes of irrelevancy.  Taking those who the big boys have tossed aside, or ignored all together, has been the impetus behind the surge in UK’s recent football success.  And over the last five years (the neo-salad days of UK football) no other player wearing Kentucky blue and white epitomizes the spirit of a fighter, the spirit of a warrior, more than Randall Cobb.

All one has to do is look at the numbers, and then look inside the numbers, to ascertain how important Randall Cobb has been to the UK football program:

  • Cobb has accumulated 4,321 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns) in his 34 games as a Wildcat — That number places him third on UK’s all-time all-purpose list, only 1,536 yards away from passing Derek Abney atop the list.  Considering there are two games remaining on this year’s schedule (assuming a bowl bid), and Cobb stays at UK for his senior year, he will most likely obliterate Abney’s record.
  • This season, Cobb has amassed 2,047 all-purpose yards, smashing the single-season record formerly held by Rafael Little (1,982 in 2005).  Cobb’s 186.1 all-purpose yards per game average this season leads the SEC by a large margin.
  • Cobb’s 1,483 career receiving yards is only 361 yards away from passing Quentin McCord for fifth place all-time at UK (Cobb is only 369 yards away from passing Dicky Lyons Jr. for fourth place).  If Cobb stays for his senior year, passing Keenan Burton (2,376 yards) for second place on UK’s career reception yardage list is certainly attainable. 
  • Cobb’s 37 career all-purpose touchdowns (22 rush; 13 receiving; two returning) ranks first on UK’s all-time list, easily surpassing Craig Yeast’s 32 (over a four-year period).  And for good measure, Cobb has tossed five touchdown passes, bringing his total touchdowns accounted for to 42 … in 34 career games.

Aah, the touchdowns.  Cobb doesn’t merely score touchdowns, he scores game-winning touchdowns, putting an exclamation point on how positively influential he has been to the UK football program over the last three seasons.  Here’s a breakdown:

  • In his freshman year (2008), in UK’s 21-20 road victory at Arkansas, Cobb scored the final two touchdowns of the game, bringing UK back from a 20-7 deficit in the final 5:00 minutes of the game.
  • In 2009, Cobb scored the following game-winning touchdowns: Versus UofL, Cobb put the ‘Cats up for good with only 4:28 remaining in UK’s 31-27 victory: Against Auburn, on the road, Cobb scored the winning touchdown with 3:17 remaining, securing UK’s first win on The Plains since 1961: In UK’s 24-13 win over Vanderbilt, Cobb scored the game-winning touchdown in the third quarter: And finally, in Kentucky’s 34-27 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, Cobb scored the game-winner with 9:55 remaining in the game.
  • In 2010, Cobb scored the following game-winning touchdowns: Once again against UofL, Cobb, in the second quarter, scored the winning touchdown (his TD gave UK 20 points, four points more than UofL would score) in UK’s 23-16 win: Against South Carolina, Cobb scored the winning touchdown with 1:15 remaining in the game, giving UK a victory over Steve Spurrier for the first time in 17 tries: And then Saturday against Vanderbilt — While Cobb’s two touchdowns weren’t game-winning, both TD’s put UK back on top –  The first, giving the ‘Cats a 10-6 lead in the second quarter, and the second, giving UK a 17-13 lead in the third quarter (and electrifying the crowd to an alarming degree).

That’s seven game-winning touchdowns, and two game changing touchdowns, all in less than three years of play.

All from a player not larger than the next guy, nor faster than the next guy, nor stronger than the next guy.  Instead, Cobb possesses the all-important intangible that coaches across the nation dream about finding in a player – A heart the size of Texas, and the “means” to take advantage of it.  But where does it come from?  This burning desire to compete, to win.  Well, it can come from only one place … Cobb hates to lose.  He feels the losses deep inside, where most people have no feeling at all.  He aches at the losses, while others shrug off defeat.  The losses eat at him, like a parasite eating away at some unfortunate soul’s insides.

And that”s what makes Randall Cobb great.  He has the will to win, because he despises losing with all of his fiber.  He wears his determination, not like a perfectly tailored suit, no, his determination to win has been generously dispersed throughout his DNA.  It’s as much a part of him as his arms and legs, placed there by the gods of competition.

The will of this man from Alcoa is simply unsurpassed, and demonstrably so.  And for that, all UK football fans should be grateful, for we have witnessed that which we all aspire to be: A leader, a winner, a difference-maker … a Wildcat, through and through.

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Videos: Randall Cobb, Randall Cobb, Randall Cobb

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Three Randall Cobb videos from the Saturday post-game after the Cats vanquished Vanderbilt.

In the first, Cobb talks about the game. After the jump, the second video has Cobb talking about the Tennessee game. The third Cobb video has him talking about Mike Hartline.

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Full transcript of Joker Phillips post-game presser

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November 13, 2010

An interview with:

COACH JOKER PHILLIPS

COACH PHILLIPS: Injury report. Danny Trevathan was a little light headed, missed a couple snaps, which is the reason he was late getting out at half. La’Rod King has a couple stingers that kept him from going late in the game. Then Brian Adams pulled his hamstring on the kickoff cover team. We should get all those guys back. Brian will be the guy that will be in question, Brian Adams will.

One of the things, I wish we could play the second half in the first half every game. But I’ll tell you one thing that I’m really disappointed in, before we go anywhere else with this thing, is I’m really disappointed in the personal foul. We will not be that team. We will not be that team that has personal fouls. We will not be that team that’s throwing punches, and I’m disappointed in that.

We will get that corrected. It’s really ridiculous for a guy to retaliate after somebody has thrown a punch on him. We will not tolerate that from our players here at Kentucky. It’s not what we’re about. We will not be about those types of things, throwing punches.

But I really liked the effort. We challenged the team at halftime. We challenged them before the game also. But at halftime, we actually put it on the team, put it on those guys, told them, ‘Don’t come out if you’re not ready to play inspired football.’ We talked about ‘juice’. I came in with juice before the game. Coach (Greg) Nord, Coach (Ray) Rock (Oliver), we can have as much juice as we want. If they don’t have juice, don’t matter, it really, really doesn’t matter.

The second half, I thought they came out and played juice. Defensively we knocked them back in the second half. We felt like we were losing the battles up front on both sides of the ball. At halftime they had rushed for 134 yards against us, averaging about 80, 89 yards, and we had only rushed for 43 yards. You look at the stats at the end of the game, they rushed for 60 something yards in the second half and we rushed for almost 300. That’s where we won it, up front, in the second half.

And I think (Randall Cobb) was a big part of that. He did get a minus, one minus on the sloppy throw. Got to get the thing up in the guys’ face. But he didn’t have many minuses today. He made play after play after play, got us a huge win. We got a huge win, giving us a chance of another guaranteed game. We talk about we have 12 guaranteed. Well, we just got another one guaranteed to us.

I’m proud of this senior group. We talked last night. They didn’t want to let this thing go. They want to be a part of this thing as long as they possibly can. Only way they can be any longer is to get ourselves into an extra game, and they went out and did that.

Q. 13-10 at halftime just like last year. Same type of conversation?

COACH PHILLIPS: Yeah, we had to win the battles up front. When you go in to win the physical battle up front, the physical battle is determined on who rushes the ball the best. Rushing the ball came down to us getting the ball into (Derrick) Locke’s hands and to Randall (Cobb)’s hands. That’s two guys that rushed over 140 yards, 170, 145. That’s how we won this game last year, getting the ball into those guys’ hands, letting those guys rush for yards.

Q. When you talk about juice, are you thinking about Randall (Cobb) that brought it for your team?

COACH PHILLIPS: I don’t know who did the talking in there. He changed it with the big play he made. The defense also went out and got a stop also. I think that changed the juice on that side of the ball for the whole game really. Then Randall’s big run got the momentum back on our side.

Q. How close to a hundred percent is Derrick (Locke)?

COACH PHILLIPS: I don’t know. It’s hard to tell because on third and 18, we hit the screen. When he came on our side, I just made mention to our offensive guys that he doesn’t look the same. He didn’t look like the same Derrick. Even on the long run, Derrick Locke, I mean, he steps away from those guys, and he didn’t step away from them like he had been earlier in the season. They didn’t tackle him. But he steps away from those guys, and they don’t get a chance to get a hand on him. So he didn’t look the same. But he looked good enough to win today.

Q. On the consequences of the punch .

COACH PHILLIPS: If it’s for fighting, he’s out. If it’s for punching, I think he’ll be able to play next week. We got to get a ruling from the conference office and go from there.

But it’s unacceptable. Unacceptable. It falls on me. I just grabbed him and told him, he’s building a résumé. He is, he’s building a résumé with his play. His résumé up until this point has been pretty good, okay? And now he has that on his résumé. That’s not good.

But he will get it corrected. Hopefully somebody punches him next time, somebody soon, so we can see the correction.

Q. Couple times he was going at it with their guys. Was it building up?

COACH PHILLIPS: Yeah, it was. He mentioned, ‘Am I supposed to let the guy punch me?’ Yes, you are. You are supposed to let the guy punch you all day. Then from whistle to whistle, you punch him with your pads, not with your fists.

So, yes, it was building up all day. He cannot get frustrated with that. He’s got to continue to play. He’s one of our better players, one of our better tacklers. We cannot afford to have (Martavius) Neloms on the sidelines with us.

Q. What does it mean in your first year to get this team Bowl eligible?

COACH PHILLIPS: It doesn’t have anything to do with me. It means the world to me to have especially the fifth year seniors that came here, myself and Rich (Brooks) went into their homes, sold them our vision, our dreams. It was only our vision and our dreams. They had nothing to do with it. They hoped that we would get in Bowl games and those things. For us to be able to sell them our vision, our dreams, and they believed in them. Now going out with five straight Bowl games, that means the world to me.

Q. Was it your plan ahead of time to put Mike (Hartline) in for one play and take him out (towards the end)?

COACH PHILLIPS: It just kind of came to me. I mean, we thought Mike deserved that, we really did. The guy is a stand up guy, he is. He has handled everything that’s happened to him like a man. We had 16 seniors today, and Mike’s one of those guys that we talk about being ready to go out in the real world. Those guys are more than ready to handle all the things that come up in this world because of the things they’ve been through here in the last five years, and especially Mike Hartline.

Q. Do you ever overstate Randall’s performance on the football field and all that he does?

COACH PHILLIPS: You tried to describe what it was. I remember seeing your article. Wasn’t even close. I mean, he made a play on that long run. Somebody came by and said, ‘You can’t coach that. You can’t. You can’t coach what he has.’ We just hope to see it again here soon.

Q. Could you tell right away that the offensive line was playing at a different speed or level than the first half?

COACH PHILLIPS: No, I couldn’t. I think the run (Randall Cobb’s 73-yd run) helped. You know, I think the long run helped. It helped them with their confidence. I’m not sure if they blocked anybody on that run. But everybody beats on their chest nowadays when they miss a block. It turns into a long run. I’m sure they got confidence. May not have been any blocks. We got to see. Because he made a lot of people miss, okay? But I think it helped our confidence in understanding that we can beat this team if we just take care of business.

Q. Could you tell Randall had it back in high school when you were recruiting him?

COACH PHILLIPS: No. Well, when he came to camp, you know, Coach (Randy) Sanders, did an unbelievable job in recruiting and selling Randall Cobb. It wasn’t a hard sell. He said we’re going to put him at quarterback. He’s at quarterback. Not sure if he’s a quarterback, got to give him a chance to see if he can be a quarterback. But he probably needs to offer him as a wide receiver to get him offered because we only had X number of quarterback slots, but we had a couple of receiver slots in that year.

So he went outside. He threw the ball. He threw the ball well enough to be a quarterback. But he was only a 5-foot-10, 5-foot-11 guy. Then he comes outside. Never played wide out before. He goes out there and he’s making plays.

So we just thought we had to recruit the guy. And we trusted in Randy Sanders, who trusted in their coaches. We had a relationship with their coaches. Their coaches told Randy about his heart, about his desire, about his ability. So we trusted in that and we got ‘it.’ Let’s not call him Randall anymore, let’s call him ‘it.’

There hasn’t been a day, in my opinion, we are biased, that he has not been one of the best players on the field here, any game we’ve been in. We just hope to see it again.

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Vanderbilt Commodores 20, Kentucky Wildcats 38: Postmortem

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Today was Randall Cobb day in the the Bluegrass.  Thanks in large part to Cobb’s heroics, Kentucky is bowl eligible again and will not have a losing season.

Nice effort by the Vanderbilt Commodores, who dominated the first half in almost every conceivable way.  Fortunately for Kentucky, they were only able to visit the end zone once in the first half, instead of three.  As maligned (and rightly so) as Kentucky’s defense is, they did manage two critical stops that forced field goals.

The Commodores really came to play today, but the injuries and lack of depth took a toll that eventually had them worn down.  At that point, Cobb, Hartline & Co. took over the game and put up 28 points to Vanderbilt’s 7 in the second half.  Both the Kentucky offense and defense played much better in the second half, eventually burying the Commodores under a fusillade of points.

I know most Kentucky fans will join me in the frustration I feel toward this team.  They do the most senseless things, from drive-killing penalties to end-zone celebrations to dropped passes to fighting and getting ejected.  It’s just not what we are used to seeing, and I am not really enamored of this new “Catitude” that I have been seeing lately.  Kentucky has been whistled for a ton of personal fouls this year, and I am getting sick of it.

The good:

  • Mike Hartline.  He threw the ball very well, hitting receivers in the right places all day.  He threw maybe one bad ball all day, an back-footed pass to Cobb that almost got picked.  But overall, he was very good.
  • The Kentucky offense.  It was a tale of two halves for them, but overall, they got the job done in style.
  • Special teams.  The punting unit did a good, if not great job.  The kickoff team was pretty good overall.
  • Danny Trevathan.  He’s always good, and had 10 tackles again today, at least two of them were touchdown-saving.
  • Derrick Locke.  He got better as the game went on, culminating in an 83-yard touchdown run.

The bad:

  • The defensive secondary.  They allowed a non-passing team to rack up 198 yards on them.
  • Chris Matthews.  Yes, he caught a touchdown, but he was personally responsible for 40 yards in penalties and dropped a perfect pass.  He sometimes plays out of control, and today was one of those times.
  • Martavius Neloms.  Not only did he get beat repeatedly on defense, he lost his mind and punched a Vanderbilt player.  He is likely to be suspended for at least one game, and I wouldn’t be upset if he didn’t play again until the post-season, if there is one.
  • The fourth and goal play that Vandy stopped.  What the heck was that?
  • The defensive line.  This is a close call, as they played much better in the second half.  Still, it took them until the second half to bring any pressure, and they repeatedly got moved out of their gaps allowing many big plays.

The studly:

  • Randall Cobb.  Wow.  He took the game over in so many ways, it’s just hard to grasp.  279 total yards is an amazing statistic for any player, but Cobb’s diversity of skill is breathtaking.
  • Winston Guy Jr.  Guy’s performance wasn’t flawless, he made several mistakes in coverage and gave up some big yards.  But 18 tackles in a game is studly, and that’s why he gets mentioned in here.

Overall, it was a typical Kentucky performance — lousy first half, stellar second half.  I don’t get it, but I suppose we can’t complain about a convincing win even if we had to wait a whole half for Kentucky to take control.  I continue to be frustrated with the play of this team on both sides of the football, but they could have thrown in a clunker here and refused to do so, mostly due to the inspiring performance of Randall Cobb.

Next up, the Tennessee Volunteers, who own the longest winning streak in the NCAA against the ‘Cats.  As you might expect, they have suddenly emerged as a dangerous team due to the emergence of freshman quarterback Tyler Bray.  Bray tossed for 323 yards today against the Mississippi Rebels and the Vols blew them out 52-14.  This is the same Ole Miss team than handed UK a loss down in Oxford.

But that game is two weeks away.  Perhaps we can be ready to end the streak by then.


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SEC Headlines – 11/10/10 Part Two

1.  It’s a challenge for Florida to get three quarterbacks practice reps.

2.  Matt Patchan’s season is likely over (before it began).

3.  Whoever leaked info about Cam Newton’s academic history at Florida likely violated federal law.  (Not sure why a Florida paper would even report on this since we all know no one at UF would ever be complicit in such an unsavory act.)

4.  Georgia hasn’t won five in a row against Auburn since the 1940s.

5.  UGA players know they’ll need to score big to win on The Plains.

6.  Basketball star Trey Thompkins is “a long way away from playing” on his high ankle sprain.

7.  Kentucky star Randall Cobb says he’ll consider leaving Lexington for the NFL after this season.

8.  Derrick Locke could return to the field this weekend against Vandy. 

9.  Dick Vitale told John Calapari that he doesn’t think he’ll “win a national championship with reloading a roster year after year.”

10.  Eloy Vargas is questionable for the Cats’ opener with ETSU on Friday.

11.  Steve Spurrier says some of his freshmen might not know that he played and coached at Florida.

12.  This writer says Carolina will win “and it might not be close.”

13.  The last time USC had a shot at a division title, Spurrier and his Gators whipped ‘em 41-21 in 2000.

14.  Tyler Bray’s instincts keep him out of trouble in Tennessee’s pocket.

15.  Bruce Pearl says UT’s basketball team isn’t “there yet.”

16.  This writer says the Vols shouldn’t be written off after this week’s loss to a Division II school.

17.  Vandy’s so banged up that a linebacker has been moved to second-string tailback.  (But he did play RB in high school.)

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Kentucky Cruises Against Charleston Southern

Mike Hartline finished with 272 yards and two touchdowns, and Kentucky pulled away from Charleston Southern 49-21 on Saturday. The Buccaneers tied Kentucky 14-14 with just less than 6 minutes left in the second quarter but Kentucky rallied with two touchdowns before halftime. Kentucky (5-5) won its 19th consecutive non-conference game, a streak dating back to 2006. Randall Cobb finished with 101 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Cobb has scored or passed for a touchdown in nine of Kentucky’s 10 games this season.
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Kentucky Football: Can Randall Cobb Drag UK Into The Post-Season?

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Randall Cobb has been exactly what we figured he would be this year — intense, focused, and productive. Cobb is second in the SEC in all-purpose yards behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson, and the only reason he isn’t ahead is because passing doesn’t count in the AP yards calculation.  Cobb averages 5.7 yards/game in passing, which would easily put him past Richardson if it counted toward the stat.

But despite Cobb’s heroics, Kentucky comes into this weekend’s game at 4-5 on the season.  If Kentucky wins two of the next three, they would be bowl eligible along with most of the SEC.  If they win out, they would weigh in at 7-5, which would be exactly where we wound up last year against what I consider to be weaker competition this year than last.  But no matter what, 7-5 would certainly draw a minor bowl, although it’s likely to be a cold-weather bowl.

But the question that comes to my mind right now is can Kentucky get there at all?  FCS Charleston Southern may not be a particularly competitive team, having won only two games so far this year and 0-4 in the Big South Conference.  But after that come two SEC teams, and even though both the Vanderbilt Commodores and Tennessee Volunteers are the dregs of the conference this year, they have more than enough to beat Kentucky.

So can Randall Cobb will us over the finish line to the post season?  I think so.

Cobb has been Mr. Football here at Kentucky for two years now, this year particularly so.  He motivates his team, he leads by example, and he occasionally reminds the fans why they are fans.  In other words, versatility is what he is all about, and there is probably no player in all of college football as flexible as as Randall Cobb is on the football field.

This year, there is a new award being given out to college football players called the Paul Hornung Award, which is named after Heisman Trophy winner, Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers great Paul Hornung of Louisville, Kentucky.  Vince Lombardi once called Hornung “The most versatile man ever to play the game.”  Randall Cobb is the most versatile player to play at Kentucky since the late, great George Blanda, and is considered a front-runner for the first Hornung award.

In short, Cobb does everything he can to help Kentucky win.  Unfortunately, this season has been a frustrating one, rife with missed opportunities and last-minute losses.  It has to be hard on Cobb especially, who is clearly one of the hardest workers in practice as well as on the football field.  Nobody likes to lose, and losing is not something Cobb takes well.

Consider this list of Cobb’s heroics and superlatives:

  • Game-winning touchdown catch against the South Carolina Gamecocks, notching UK’s only SEC win so far this year against a team ranked #10 in the country at the time;
  • 10 touchdowns scored on the year, 5th in the SEC;
  • Set the career record for touchdowns scored at Kentucky in just his third year;
  • Has a reasonable chance to break Tim Tebow’s SEC record of 57 career touchdowns if he returns next year.  Cobb currently has 34 touchdowns with at least 3 games to go this season;
  • He needs only 363 all-purpose yards to break Rafael Little’s Kentucky single-season record of 1982 set in 2005;

When this season ends, I know most Kentucky fans will anxiously await Cobb’s future plans.  He is eligible to enter the NFL draft after this year, and losing him would be a major blow to a Kentucky team that seems ready to fix a lot of the problems that have dogged them this year in 2011, particularly defensively.  Kentucky will  have a new quarterback, of course, but Cobb coming back his senior year would put the Wildcats in a position to do some damage in the SEC East.

But in the here and now, Kentucky has a lot of work to do before it can claim a post-season berth, and Cobb will be a critical piece of the puzzle if UK is to end up with another winning season.

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