Randall Cobb happy to be back

For the first time in months, Randall Cobb has the captivating smile back on his face all the time. "It feels great just to be back. I can't have any contact yet, but it feels good just to be back," said Cobb

For the first time in months, Randall Cobb has the captivating smile back on his face all the time.

That's what being able to finally get on the football field has done for the Kentucky receiver-quarterback, who missed UK's Liberty Bowl win because of a knee injury suffered in the final regular-season game last year against Tennessee. "It feels great just to be back. I can't have any contact yet, but it feels good just to be back out working with these guys," said Cobb. "They worked so hard in the offseason and you can tell how much better we are going to be this year." Cobb insisted he was fine mentally last December when he couldn't play in the bowl game. He now admits that wasn't exactly true.

"It was very hard not getting to play. It took a lot out of me not to be able to play in that game. I can't do everything and I have to live with the fact I didn't play. I just have to work that much harder so I can get to a bowl game this year now," Cobb said.

He spent time at both receiver and quarterback last year and started games at both spots. This spring he's working at both positions again, but he's primarily going to be used at receiver next season barring a change of plans by coach Rich Brooks.

"That is fine with me. I will do whatever I have to do to help this team get to where we want to be," Cobb said. "They (the coaches) are just looking at what is best for this team and what is best for my future. Obviously, receiver is a better choice for both me and the team." Cobb's versatility could allow him to throw the ball on reverses, line up in a shotgun formation to still take snaps or just make big plays at receiver.

"There are a lot of things we can do. I am looking forward to it. I am also going to return punts and maybe even kickoffs. They just got me started on that. I will just do whatever they want me to do, but there are a lot of possibilities," he said.

After all, anything is better than having to rehab his first major injury.

"Rehab was pretty hard. I got down on myself sometimes. It got hard some days and my knee was a little sore. There were times I wanted to give up, but I had to tell myself to keep pushing through it and one day I would get back to where I was," he said.

"I truly believe my presence at receiver can help open up some things for other guys as well and make the offense better. I just want to make plays and help other guys make plays, too."


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