Cobb Named a Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award

Nov. 16, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior wide receiver Randall Cobb has been named one of 10  semifinalists for the 2010 Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the best receiver in college football by the Tallahassee (Fla.) Quarterback Club.

Cobb is one of four Southeastern Conference selections making the final 10, including Georgia's A.J. Green, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery and Alabama's Julio Jones.

Cobb leads the team in receiving with 66 catches for 839 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior from Alcoa, Tenn., is first in the SEC in total receptions, and is second in receptions per game (6.0), touchdown catches and total receiving yards.  

Cobb’s value goes far beyond his considerable pass-catching abilities.  
•    He leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 186.1 yards per game.
•    He has rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry.
•    He averages 23.5 yards per kickoff return and has returned a punt for a touchdown this season.
•    He has accounted for at least one score every game this season by rushing, passing or receiving.

Cobb was named first-team Midseason All-America by College Football News/  He has been named one of the Most Versatile Performers of the Week in college football seven times this season, more than any other player in the nation, as chosen by the Louisville Sports Commission.  The LSC is sponsoring the new Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in major-college football.

Other finalists for the Biletnikoff Award include Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State, Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma, Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller, Southern Methodist’s Aldrick Robinson, Greg Salas from Hawaii and Jordan White from Western Michigan.  
Three finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 22 and the recipient will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show live Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Tuesday Practice Report:
Because of heavy rains throughout the morning in the Lexington area, the University of Kentucky football team decided to take Tuesday’s practice indoors to the Nutter Field House.

Although the Wildcats are in their bye week, Kentucky was clad in full pads Tuesday and practiced for just under two hours. After practice, Phillips talked about a variety of things, including his decision to hold an open scrimmage during Thursday’s practice.  

Phillips said the scrimmage will consist of redshirts and players who have seen limited or no game action this season.  The scrimmage, which will be open to the media and the general public, will begin at 8 a.m. ET and last for over two hours.

“It is important to our player development,” Phillips said.  “That is one of the phases of how we are going to get better … We have done a good job around here (with player development) and we are going to try to take it to another level.”