Cobb Discusses His Move To No. 1

Daniel Cobb's return for an extra year has been rewarded with good news on his place in the QB pecking order.

Auburn, Ala.--When asked if he is a better quarterback in August of 2002 than he was last season as an Auburn senior, Daniel Cobb grins and answers without hesitation.


Less than two weeks from now, he will get a chance to prove it with a national television audience watching on ABC-TV as the Tigers tangle with Southern Cal in Los Angeles in the college football opener for both teams.

"I think I am a better quarterback because of Coach (Bobby) Petrino," Cobb says. "The things that he has brought to my mental game have helped as far as what a defense is trying to do to me and offensively what we want to do the defense," Cobb says. "He demands more from us mentally. I aim to please him and to know things and be on top of everything he teaches us."

Cob is a rare sixth-year senior because he received a medical hardship redshirt earlier this year because he was unable to physically play due to medical problems his first two years as a college freshman and sophomore at the University of Georgia. On Tuesday, he received the long-awaited word from Petrino, the new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, that he had won a tight battle for the starting job over redshirt sophomore Jason Campbell.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville and Petrino both cited Cobb's better overall knowledge of the game and grasp of the offense as the deciding edge in a title battle for No. 1.

Discussing the mental aspect of playing quarterback for Petrino, Cobb says, "You have to know what you are going to do before you go out there on the field. We have got all kinds of boards up to study in the meeting rooms. Through repetition and paying attention to every detail, things become second nature for you and you know exactly what to do. He puts those demands on us to make us better quarterbacks.

"I think we all have the skills to play," Cobb adds. "If you want to know what separates one from the others--the guys all have the big arm, the size, the moves and all of that--the guy that knows what to do and when to do it and makes it second nature when the time comes and you don't have to go through the whole thought process, I think that is what separates him."

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