LEXINGTON, Ky. – Randall Cobb was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team selected by the league coaches, the SEC Office announced Thursday.
Cobb, a true freshman from Alcoa, Tenn., was named as the team’s quarterback, but he also has seen action as a wide receiver and punt returner in 2008. His season statistics include:
Passing – 52 completions in 95 attempts, 542 yards, two touchdowns
Rushing – 79 attempts for 316 net yards, tied for the team lead with seven rushing TDs
Receiving – 21 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns
Punt Returns – 11 for 92 yards, an 8.4-yard average
Cobb played a key role in Kentucky’s SEC victories over Arkansas and Mississippi State. Against the Razorbacks, he caught two touchdown passes in the final 4:15 of the game to give the Wildcats a dramatic 21-20 victory. At Mississippi State, he made his first collegiate start at quarterback and guided the Cats to a 14-13 win. It is the first time that a true freshman QB led Kentucky to an SEC road win since freshmen became eligible in the early 1970s.
Cobb holds another distinction in being the only player in the nation who is currently his team’s starting quarterback and primary punt returner.
It is uncertain, however, if Cobb will be able to perform those roles in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He had arthroscopic surgery to repair knee cartilage on Dec. 2. He is listed as doubtful to participate in the bowl game.