Published September 24, 2010 - 10:20am
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And I’ll repeat it: Randall Cobb is “The Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs of the SEC.” A lot of people asked me about this reference, mostly because Randall Cobb doesn’t have a clothing line. Yet. The truth is, Sean Combs wakes up every morning and cries because he isn’t Randall Cobb. He is the Blue Godzilla. In the words of Travis White, “What hasn’t been said about Randall Cobb that has been said about the American military?” The answer: Not much.
Randall Cobb has more weapons than some countries in the United Nations. They should call this kid The Arsenal. The Kentucky utility player does everything for Blue and White outside of driving the team bus. To put it bluntly, if yards were a currency, this kid would be a billionaire. And the question isn’t whether he will beat you; the question is how.
They call the best player in high school “Mr. Football.” Most of the time, these guys are pretty good. After Cobb finished his 1,765 yard, twenty two touchdown campaign in his senior season at Alcoa High School, he established himself as “King” of football. When Fat Phil Fulmer committed the ultimate Mea culpa and passed on the King, The Man they call “Uncle Mann” took his talents to the land of promise and prosperity: Kentucky.
The Legend of Cobb may have started in Alcoa, but the story began in Starkville, known to many as the land of broken dreams. There, in his first quarterback start in the blue and white, Cobb burned the Bulldogs from the air and on the ground. Later that season, Cobb torched Georgia for three touchdowns, and threw for 144 yards against the Golden Dorks from Nashville. Cobb was named SEC Freshman of the Week after word of what he did to Arkansas spread through out the land, and was named to the Freshman All-SEC team at the conclusion of the season.
The Legend grew in 2009, with Cobb putting up more numbers than a calculator with a stuck button. With 39 receptions good for 447 yards and four touchdowns, Cobb had more catches than an Alaskan fishing boat. On the ground, Cobb was unstoppable, rushing for 573 yards and ten touchdowns. Abe Lincoln talked about “Four scores and seven years,” Randall Cobb talked about twenty three scores in two. Randall ranked second in the SEC in touchdowns, seventh in scoring, fourth in all-purpose yardage, third in punt returns, and first in SEC coaches’ nightmares. All this was good enough to be named to the All-SEC First Team. None of this was good enough Randall, The Mann wanted more.
This season, the only thing bigger than the Legend of Cobb, is the Fanfare for Cobb. In the first three games of the 2010 campaign, Cobb has rushed for a touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown, caught two, and threw for another.
As the Wildcats enter SEC play, #18 is not alone. The General, Mike Hartline, has been as close to perfect in 2010 as a man not named Tim Couch can get. The Locke is back, bringing with him 372 track star quick yards, and five touchdowns. He also has The Turtle, who destroys the body and spirit of all who dare stand in his way. The Leviathan, who eats live chickens and crushes grown men with ease. But above all the others is The Beast, J.J. Helton, who makes men weep and women swoon.
The Legend of Cobb is beginning the Third Act, and since Randall Cobb is the one holding the pen, I have a feeling that this great story is about to get a lot better.