If you like players who can do a little bit of everything, you’re going to love No. 14 on our countdown of the SEC’s 25 best.
No. 14: Randall Cobb, WR/QB, Jr., Kentucky
2009 numbers: Second in the SEC behind Mark Ingram with 15 touchdowns. Led Kentucky with 39 catches for 447 yards and four touchdown catches. Second on the team with 573 rushing yards, while leading the way with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Most recent ranking: No. 22 on the 2009 postseason countdown.
Making the case for Cobb: Line him up anywhere, and the 5-foot-11, 191-pound Cobb is going to make plays. He’s still coming into his own as a receiver after playing quarterback in high school, yet is still a big part of Kentucky’s Wildcat package when he lines up at quarterback in the shotgun. Cobb is especially crafty in the red zone. He also returns kickoffs and punts and was the only player in the SEC last season who had more than 300 yards rushing, receiving, returning kickoffs and returning punts. A first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press last season, Cobb averaged 139.4 all-purpose yards per game and rolled up a career-high 237 all-purpose yards against Mississippi State. One of his challenges is to become a more complete receiver this coming season. He’s already plenty dynamic after the catch and is one of those guys who just naturally makes defenders miss. One of the things that should help Cobb in 2010 is having a more seasoned Chris Matthews on the other side at receiver. Teams won’t be able to load up as much on Cobb. But he’s so versatile that the Wildcats can move him around to just about anywhere to create mismatches. Even though he’s not a speed burner, there are few players in the league who are any better with the ball in their hands.