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Randall Cobb is awesome and I miss him

Kentucky football’s most recent golden boy continues to produce for the Green Bay Packers. While last year’s consensus best regular season team started this current year off with struggles, the sophomore stud Cobb kicked his game up into gear from week 1. Many are calling him the next Wes Welker for his ability to do whatever it takes to catch passes. Today, Cobb went for 5 catches, 28 yards, and 1 TD (check out the video above for the three goggles celebration). While those aren’t the most amazing numbers, they provide more hard evidence that Cobb will have a long pro career.

Don’t you miss that guy? Whether you swooned for those blue eyes a la Tyler Thompson or you just got jacked up every time he crossed the first down market, you know you miss him.

Randall was special from the beginning — he committed to UK as an under-recruited Tennessean, only to spurn Fulmer and UT when they came knocking towards the end of his high school tenure. That was our first sign that he was a dedicated guy.

When can we expect to see another Randall Cobb? I think there is a certain equation and special attributes needed for a player to reach Cobb-status.

(1) Talents that are arguably above UK football’s level.

(2) Dedication to the game and the name on the front of the jersey.

(3) Dedication to physical/strength conditioning.

(4) Smarts.

The first facet of this combination is very arguable — since UK is a great SEC university, there are technically NO talents that could be considered above UK’s level. However, the reality is that the Cats are damned to the bottom tier of the SEC and not in the best high school football state, so UK is limited when it comes to the average talent-level it attracts.

The rest are all very player-dependent factors, but they can be aided by strong guidance from the athletic department and coaching staff. However, the level of dedication it takes to get on Cobb-status necessitates a self-driven attitude. When you look at the current UK roster, I see a few guys who could meet these qualities during their stay in Lexington: Patrick Towles (QB), Jalen Whitlow (QB), Demarco Robinson (WR), Daryl Collins (WR), and maybe DeMarcus Sweat (WR). While these guys are still young, none of them has had the impact Cobb had, nor turned heads the way he did as a freshman.

There is a lot of potential here with the young Wildcats, but we may need to look to the future to find another diamond in the rough who will explode into an NFL star like Randall Cobb.

Article written by Chris Thomas

19 Comments for Randall Cobb is awesome and I miss him

  1. DirtyDave
    7:08 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Chris, you need to look deeper into those eyes …. Don’t think they’re blue!

  2. SeoulCat
    7:09 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    And even with a stud like Cobb in his stable, Joker still couldn’t win. I’m pretty sure you could bring Cobb…and, what the heck, Aaron Rogers, too.. to UK for a year and Joker would find some way to lose.

  3. BravoBigBlue
    7:14 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I sure do miss Cobb. One of very best to ever play at Kentucky IMO. He is fun to watch with the Packers. Whitlow is multi-talented too. I’d like to see him and Towles on the field together. Why not? We’ve tried everything else.

  4. Manbearpig
    7:15 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    When will be the next time a UK football player is bigger then any UK bball player?

  5. Manbearpig
    7:15 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    *on campus

  6. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    7:16 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    His eyes aren’t blue, they’re hazel.

  7. No more Randall Cobbs
    7:18 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone actively looking for the next Randall Cobb may as well be out looking for The Great Pumpkin with Linus.

    Reminds me of a famous quote by Joker when Randall left, “This is the kind of player we develop at UK.” Sure you do, coach.

  8. Manbearpig
    7:20 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #7 I think that’s been one of Joker’s biggest problems. Brooks had a staff in place that developed players and you could notice an improvement then Joker gets rid of them in exchange for all flash and no bang. Players under Joker are like players under Tubby’s last few years, they come in and plateau with no improvement

  9. No more Randall Cobbs
    7:29 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    8.) I mostly agree, except that Randall wasn’t so much “developed”, as just an outright gift. And Joker took the ball out of his hands against UT and called a brilliant, mastermind play that somehow had the smallest guy on our team blocking for our slowest. And then in a post-game interview blamed the players afterwards for not properly executing the play. That guy has had “DISASTER” written all over him from (before) Day 1.

  10. Lipset
    7:50 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Serious football question….why is it a touchdown when u stretch ur arm out over the pylon and land out of bounds, yet you’re called out of bounds when catching the ball in bounds but land out behind the end zone? (see cowboys-giants game)

  11. jim 1
    7:53 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    # 9…You’re right and remember a SC when Cobb brought us back from certain and Joker took him out on the 2 point conversion attemp. The old ball coach said I’m sure glad they took that running qb out, we couldn’t stop him.

    Joker never developed an offence for Cobb. No doubt Cobb would have led UK to a great season.

  12. jim 1
    7:55 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    # 9….at SC Cobb brought us back from certain defeat.

  13. No more Randall Cobbs
    8:04 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    10) Because by the definition of “catch”, there is no such thing as “catching the ball in bounds” without having landed in bounds.

    11) There was a UT defensive back that after the game basically gave the same quote as Spurrier, saying how surprised and glad the UT defense was that Cobb was taken out because they were not stopping him. How pathetic is it when the opponent is RELIEVED by your play calling?

  14. coach search
    8:05 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love COBB. Showing the three goggles is awesome, I would like to see him throw up two (left and right) three goggles, to signify 6 points as in total points awarded for a TD.

  15. Manbearpig
    8:35 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #9 Agree, Cobb was completely undervalued coming out and was just a freak that took little to develop him under Brooks/Joker watch.

    #11 Chalk that and the “let’s kick again” from this week as just a few of the boneheaded moves Joker has done

  16. shields eyes
    8:41 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    “First down market?” There has been a downcline in proofreading.

  17. dontthinkso
    8:55 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Chris are you effin serious? No one on this team even comes close to cobb.

  18. UKPacker
    9:35 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    As a UK season ticket holder and Packer share holder I’m proud to still have #18 on my team. He is awesome and Packer Nation is learning what we Cats fans have known for awhile.

  19. worldseriesbummer
    12:37 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    the broncos certainly know something about good cats…. woodyard, tamme, and trevathon….