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Randall Cobb becoming household name in NFL

Former University of Kentucky wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb is having a fantastic year in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers.

The former Wildcat All-American is leading the Packers with 42 receptions for 463 yards and four touchdowns this season. The native of Alcoa, Tenn., is averaging 11 yards per reception, while he has one punt return for a touchdown and is averaging 27.4 yards per kickoff return.

Cobb currently ranks second in the NFL in all-purpose yards with 1,161 (67 rushing; 463 receiving; 466 kickoff returns; 165 punt returns). With the all-purpose yardage, Cobb became the only the second player in Packers history to surpass 1,000 yards in the team’s first seven games of the season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Here is the full blurb that Schefter wrote on Cobb:

“Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb now has more than 1,000 combined net yards, joining Billy Grimes from 1950 as the only player in Packers history -- a storied history -- to surpass 1,000 yards in the team's first seven games of the season.

“Even before Cobb reached that milestone and caught two touchdown passes Sunday against the Rams, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was calling him one of Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson's finest draft picks.

‘Randall is probably going to go down as one of the better picks in Ted Thompson's career, if not the best,’ Rodgers said on ESPN Milwaukee Radio about the 64th overall pick in the second round of the 2011 draft. ‘I think to get him where we got him, the kind of person that he is, the approach that he has, his knowledge of the game, what he adds to our team, his locker room presence, he is a personnel and a coach's dream.’

“Strong words. Cobb also figures prominently in the Packers' future. With wide receiver Greg Jennings nursing a nagging groin injury this season and scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Cobb's role in Green Bay will remain significant and even increase.”

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