ESPN blogger Chris Low is counting down who he thinks are the top players in the SEC on his blog. It took 11 players before a Wildcat finally made the cut, but junior wide receiver Randall Cobb checks in at No. 14.
Here is what Low had to say about Cobb making the cut:
"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."
Great to see Cobb make the list, but I also think it's troubling news for any other Wildcat hoping to make the list. If Cobb, who I believe is the most valuable player on next year's team, is the first UK player to make the list, who else is going to check in above him? Derrick Locke? Maybe.