Randall Cobb came to Kentucky from Alcoa High (Tn.) where he led Alcoa to multiple state championships as a quarterback. While Cobb was a proven winner, there were questions about his overall physical ability, most notably, his stature.
Cobb stands at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds at best. Randall also isn't the fastest player. Cobb is likely a 4.6 forty runner, consistently. If you take those numbers at quarterback, you have an undersized prospect who will struggle in a pro-style offense. Now as a wide receiver, that's plenty fast as long as you run good routes. Cobb also has the quickness factor in his favor. He is just difficult to tackle, even in the ridiculously powerful SEC.
Cobb has also been an excellent kick returner and punt returner. He's one of the most difficult players to prepare for in the nation, because he can do so many things, not excluding lining up at quarterback from time to time where he could run or pass the ball. Prior to the season, Cobb even hinted that he'd line up at corner if necessary – a position that he had been recruited for by some schools out of high school.
While Cobb wasn't a highly touted player when he committed to Kentucky, by the time he signed with the Wildcats, he was an instant superstar in the Commonwealth. He gained star status by turning down an 11th hour scholarship offer from the Tennessee Volunteers, the school he grew up rooting for.
Cobb went on to set several Kentucky records and even a single season SEC record for all-purpose yardage this year (2396). He was named first-team All-America as an all purpose player by The Associated Press, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Cobb was also first-team All-SEC.
Cobb set the career record for touchdowns at Kentucky with 37; he's fourth all-time in all-purpose yardage with 4674, fifth in pass receptions with 144 and sixth in receiving yardage with 1661.
Beyond all of that, Cobb showed an unmatched heart and passion to win. Every time Cobb got on the field, he made himself a factor. His presence made the entire team better and his forced opposing defenses to game plan specifically for him. Even though the opponent knew what he was going to do, they still struggled to stop him.
Now that Cobb is headed for the professional ranks, the Big Blue Nation owes him a grand thank you. Cobb has said he will never forget the Wildcats and their fans and he will always love this school and program.
The feeling is mutual Randall.
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