Randall Cobb (American football)

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Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb (cropped).jpg
No. 18     Green Bay Packers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-08-22) August 22, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Maryville, Tennessee
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Alcoa (TN)
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Debuted in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2009, 2010)
  • 2010 Associated Press All-American First-Team
  • 2010 ESPN.com All-American First-Team
  • 2010 SportsIllustrated.com All-American First-Team
  • Southeastern Conference record for single-season all-purpose yardage (2,396)
  • Kentucky all-time record for total touchdowns (37)
  • 2011 Week 1 Pepsi Rookie of the Week
  • 2011 NFL Play of the Year
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)
  • NFL 2012 all purpose yards leader
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
Receptions 212
Receiving Yards 2,838
Receiving TDs 23
Stats at NFL.com

Randall Ladonald Cobb II[1] (born August 22, 1990[2]) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Cobb played college football for the University of Kentucky.

Early life[edit]

Randall Cobb was born to Randall Cobb Sr. and Tina Cobb. Randall Sr. worked at the Denso car parts factory in Maryville, Tennessee and also worked side jobs in the evenings with young Randall helping, from installing ceramic tile floors to mowing lawns and plowing snow. Tina, who was a track star in high school, later worked at Denso, where she met Randall Sr.[3]

High school[edit]

Cobb attended Alcoa High School in Alcoa, Tennessee, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. His football team was a four-time State Champion in Class AA and Cobb received a "Mr. Football" trophy from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. At that time he played both offense and defense as well as special teams, but made his biggest impact as quarterback for the Tornadoes. He was an All-district basketball player as a junior.

Cobb was also a track star at Alcoa. He was a four-year member of the track team, competing in sprints along with the 4x100m and 4x200m squads. He finished third in the state meet in the 100-meter dash his senior year, recording a career-best time of 10.75 seconds.[4] He was clocked at 21.89 seconds in the 200-meter dash at age 16. He also helped lead the Alcoa 4x100m relay squad to a second-place finish in the state meet as a junior.

College career[edit]

Cobb played collegiately at the University of Kentucky. During his freshman year he was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team at quarterback, playing in 11 games and starting four at quarterback. He accounted for 11 touchdowns as a freshman—two passing, two receiving, and seven rushing.

In his sophomore season, he played mainly wide receiver as well as a significant role in the offense/special teams returning kicks, place kick holding, receiving, and also quarterback in the "Wildcat" formation. He scored 15 touchdowns—four receiving, one returning, and 10 rushing during the 2009 season.

In his junior season, Cobb scored a touchdown on a punt return against Western Kentucky. Head coach Joker Phillips said, "He's one of the best leaders I've ever been around." On October 9, 2010, Cobb scored four touchdowns against undefeated Auburn, tying the Kentucky school record for career touchdowns at 32. He was also the first player to score a rushing, passing, and receiving touchdown in the same game for Kentucky since Shane Boyd in 2003.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 185 lb 4.46 s 1.56 s 2.53 s 4.34 s 7.08 s 33.5 in 9 ft 7 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

2011[edit]

Randall Cobb in 2012.

Cobb was drafted in the second round (64th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.[7] On September 8, 2011, in the Packers' opening game of the season against the New Orleans Saints, Cobb became the first person born in the 1990s to play in the NFL.[8] Cobb recorded his first NFL touchdown on a 32-yard reception in the first quarter, and followed up with a 108-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that tied the record set by Ellis Hobbs of the New England Patriots in 2007 for longest kickoff return in NFL history. It was later named Play of the Year at the season-ending NFL Honors banquet.[9]

In a Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings on November 14, Cobb scored his second special teams touchdown of the year on an 80 yard punt return in the first quarter. With that, Cobb became the first rookie in Packers history to return both a kick and a punt for a touchdown in the same season. For the season, he caught 25 passes for 375 yards (a 15.0 average) and one touchdown. His most impressive stats were on special teams, as he returned 34 kicks for 941 yards (a 27.7 average) and one touchdown and 26 punt returns for 295 yards (an 11.3 average) and one touchdown.[10]

2012[edit]

In 2012, Cobb played in 15 games including eight starts. He led the team in receptions with 80 and receiving yards with 954 and was second on the team with eight touchdowns. He set a Packers single-season record with 2,342 combined net yards—954 receiving, 132 rushing, 964 on kickoff returns (a 25.4 average) and 292 on punt returns (a 9.4 average) including one touchdown. He also led the NFL in that category. He was named a Pro Bowl first alternate as a kick returner.[10]

2013[edit]

In 2013, he was limited to six games (including four starts) due to a knee injury suffered in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. Up until his injury, which kept him on the sidelines until the season's final game, he led the Packers with 29 receptions and was second in receiving yards with 378. He also rushed four times for 78 yards, a 19.5 average. He returned to play in the regular season-ending game and caught a memorable 48-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to win the NFC North title for the Packers.[10]

2014[edit]

Cobb was on pace for personal bests through the first 10 games of the 2014 season, with 54 receptions for 779 yards (a 14.4 average) and an already career-high (and league-leading) 10 touchdown receptions from Aaron Rodgers, including at least one touchdown in eight of 10 games.[11] In the Packers' 10th game, he had personal season bests of 10 receptions for 129 yards.[12]

Career Stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[13]
Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per Catch Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2011 GB 15 25 31 375 15.0 61 1 15 0 0
2012 GB 15 80 104 954 11.9 39 8 45 0 0
2013 GB 6 31 46 433 14.0 48 4 18 0 0
Total Total 36 136 181 1,762 13.0 61 13 78 0 0
Returning Stats[13]
Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
2011 GB 15 26 295 1 18 80 34 941 1 0 108
2012 GB 15 31 292 1 21 75 38 964 0 0 46
2013 GB 6 3 23 0 5 16 1 10 0 0 10
Total Total 36 60 610 2 44 80 73 1,915 1 0 108

NFL records[edit]

Personal[edit]

Cobb is a Christian. On his Twitter account, Cobb describes himself as a "man of God" and frequently tweets about his faith. [14]

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