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.
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.