Fullback's Final Season

Fullback Kyle Cobia enters his senior season with the Hurricanes and is excited for the season to start. In his career he has played in 26 games primarily as a blocking fullback. Thrilled to be healthy heading into the season and ready to contribute.

Kyle Cobia, 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, has blocked for a number of stellar tailbacks in his career at Miami including Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Jarrett Payton, and Tyrone Moss.

He has improved his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and has shown his versatility throughout fall practices. Teams have to remember about number 40 coming out of the backfield making a catch because he has the ability to pick up solid yards.

This fall he has been excited about what he has seen from the offense.

"We have been putting a lot of stuff together," Cobia says. "We are really starting to come through to be a good offense. I think we will have a good year."

One of the most encouraging things he has seen from the entire team is how close they are compared to last year.

"I think we are playing more as a team this year—guys are really starting to come together," Cobia says.

"People are putting their heads together in the book and know what they are doing. Not that I am saying people didn't know what they were doing last year, but I think we are just coming around this year."

The running backs are geared up ready to go for the season. After rushing for over 2,300 yards as a team last year the Hurricanes are looking to exceed that total. Frank Gore is back from injury and Tyrone Moss is back after a solid freshman campaign to become the two expected to carry the torch this fall. Quadtrine Hill has moved from fullback to tailback and is looking to get an increased number of touches this season.

"I think we are deep at running back," Cobia says. "Frank is unreal--he showed us that his freshman year. Tyrone is unreal--showed it to us last year. People don't really know about Quadtrine, but he is right there with them. Whoever plays I have confidence in them."

At fullback Cobia is currently ahead of Talib Humphrey on the depth chart, but both players are expected to contribute.

"We are great friends," Cobia says. "He is a great fullback. We both know that whoever plays, plays. It let's you play hard every snap knowing that you have someone that can come in to play for you."

Something that excites Cobia about the 2004 season is the fact that he is healthy.

"I feel great out there and blessed to be healthy," Cobia says with a smile. "Knock on wood, but so far so good."

With only nine other seniors on the roster it has began to sink in for Cobia. This summer was when he first noticed it.

"It first hit me in summer workouts when they told us to have all of the seniors come out and there is only a couple guys from my class," says Cobia.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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