Cobb's homework includes studying his NFL prospects

UK star says he's weighing his options

ccosby@herald-leader.comNovember 28, 2010 

Randall Cobb saw his third opportunity to beat his hometown Tennessee Volunteers go by the wayside in Kentucky's 24-14 loss at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

The question now is whether Cobb will be back in 2011 for another shot at the Vols.

Cobb, who finished with 13 catches for 116 yards, said earlier this month that he was considering entering his name in the NFL Draft. When asked Saturday if he'd like another crack at UT, Cobb said, "I haven't beaten them yet, and that's something I'll be thinking about the next couple of weeks."

Cobb said he'll get an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and then proceed from there. He has until Jan. 15 to decide whether to declare for the draft.

"Now that this game is over I'm going to go do some research and do all my homework and see what's best for me," Cobb said. "I've gotta be a little selfish and make the decision that's best for me, but my heart's always going to be in blue."

Cobb said he'll consider several factors, such as his family, the prospects for himself and the team in 2011, and the potential for an NFL lockout.

"There's a lot of things that are going to weigh into my decision. I've just got to do my homework," Cobb said.

Cobb's 13 catches were the second-most in school history, but it was only the second game all season he did not account for a touchdown.

Cats must await bowl fate

Kentucky is now in wait-and-see mode regarding its bowl destination.

Auburn's win over Alabama on Friday increased the chances of two Southeastern Conference teams getting into the BCS, which would likely leave a bowl slot open for the Cats.

The three bowls now in play for UK appear to be the Music City, the Liberty and the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham.

The Music City appears to be the longest shot since the Cats have already played there three times in four years. And with Tennessee bowl eligible, the Vols could make the short trip to Nashville.

Georgia has been mentioned for the Liberty Bowl, which is where the Cats went in 2008. But the Bulldogs needed to beat rival Georgia Tech on Saturday night to get to six wins and qualify for bowl eligibility. If Georgia beat Georgia Tech, Kentucky could be headed to the BBVA Compass Bowl by default.

Big day for Robinson

UK freshman tight end Tyler Robinson, who hails from Cobb's hometown of Alcoa, Tenn., had a career game in his first appearance in Neyland Stadium as a Wildcat. Robinson caught a career-high four passes for 25 yards, including his first touchdown on a 2-yarder from Mike Hartline in the third quarter.

"It was nice coming home and playing well in front of my family and friends, but it would have been better if we could have gotten a win," he said.

Robinson hopes to end UK's skid against Tennessee, which now stands at 26 games, before his career ends.

"Twenty-six times in a row, that's ridiculous," he said. "I'll get three more chances at them. I definitely want to get rid of that streak before I get out of here."

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