UK's Cobb named AP first-team All-American

Wildcat earns All-Purpose selection

December 15, 2010 

  • FIRST TEAM

    OFFENSE

    Quarterback: Cam Newton, junior, Auburn

    Running backs: LaMichael James, sophomore, Oregon; Kendall Hunter, junior, Oklahoma St.

    Tackles: Gabe Carimi, senior, Wisconsin; Nate Solder, senior, Colorado

    Guards: Rodney Hudson, senior, Florida St.; John Moffitt, senior, Wisconsin

    Center: Chase Beeler, senior, Stanford

    Tight end: Michael Egnew, junior, Missouri

    Wide receivers: Justin Blackmon, sophomore, Oklahoma St.; Ryan Broyles, junior, Oklahoma

    All-purpose player: Randall Cobb, junior, Kentucky

    Kicker: Alex Henery, senior, Nebraska

    DEFENSE

    Ends: Da'Quan Bowers, junior, Clemson; Ryan Kerrigan, senior, Purdue

    Tackles: Nick Fairley, junior, Auburn; Stephen Paea, senior, Oregon St.

    Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, sophomore, Boston College; Greg Jones, senior, Michigan St.; Von Miller, senior, Texas A&M

    Cornerbacks: Patrick Peterson, junior, LSU; Prince Amukamara, senior, Nebraska

    Safeties: Tejay Johnson, senior, TCU; Quinton Carter, senior, Oklahoma

    Punter: Chas Henry, junior, FloridaSECOND TEAM

    OFFENSE

    Quarterback: Andrew Luck, sophomore, Stanford.

    Running backs: Jordan Todman, junior, Connecticut; Mikel Leshoure, junior, Illinois.

    Tackles: Lee Ziemba, senior, Auburn; Derek Sherrod, senior, Mississippi St..

    Guards: Stefen Wisniewski, senior, Penn St.; Justin Boren, senior, Ohio St..

    Center: Jake Kirkpatrick, senior, TCU.

    Tight end: Lance Kendricks, senior, Wisconsin.

    Wide receivers: Alshon Jeffrey, sophomore, South Carolina; Julio Jones, junior, Alabama.

    All-purpose player: Damaris Johnson, junior, Tulsa.

    Kicker: Dan Bailey, senior, Oklahoma St..

    DEFENSE

    Ends: J.J. Watt, junior, Wisconsin; Jeremy Beal, senior, Oklahoma.

    Tackles: Drake Nevis, senior, LSU; Jared Crick, junior, Nebraska.

    Linebackers: Tank Carder, junior, TCU; Justin Houston, junior, Georgia; Lavonte David, junior, Nebraska.

    Cornerbacks: Jayron Hosley, sophomore, Virginia Tech; Cliff Harris, sophomore, Oregon.

    Safeties: Mark Barron, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Black, senior, Florida.

    Punter: Drew Butler, junior, Georgia.THIRD TEAM

    OFFENSE

    Quarterback: Kellen Moore, junior, Boise St..

    Running backs: Vai Taua, senior, Nevada; John Clay, junior, Wisconsin.

    Tackles: Anthony Castonzo, senior, Boston College; Nate Potter, junior, Boise St..

    Guards: Barrett Jones, sophomore, Alabama; Caleb, Schlauderaff, senior, Utah.

    Center: Ryan Pugh, senior, Auburn.

    Tight end: D.J. Williams, senior, Arkansas.

    Wide receivers: Greg Salas, sophomore, Hawaii; Titus Young, senior, Boise St..

    All-purpose player: Denard Robinson, sophomore, Michigan.

    Kicker: Dannny Hrapmann, junior, Southern Mississippi.

    DEFENSE

    Ends: Adrian Clayborn, senior, Iowa; Sam Acho, senior, Texas.

    Tackles: Billy Winn, junior, Boise St.; Marcell Dareus, junior, Alabama.

    Linebackers: Mason Foster, senior, Washington; Nate Irving, senior, North Carolina St.; Akeem Ayers, junior, UCLA.

    Cornerbacks: Reggie Rembert, senior, Air Force; Stephon Gilmore, freshman, South Carolina.

    Safeties: Rahim Moore, junior, UCLA; Eric Hagg, senior, Nebraska.

    Punter: Kyle Martens, junior, Rice.

Randall Cobb has yet to decide whether he'll enter the NFL Draft or return to the University of Kentucky for his senior season, but if Wildcats fans have seen the last of the talented junior wide receiver at least they'll know they witnessed something rare.

Cobb's unique abilities were recognized Tuesday with one of college football's highest honors when the Alcoa, Tenn., native was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press.

Cobb filled the all-purpose position on a 25-member All-America first team led by Heisman Trophy-winning junior quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn.

Cobb became the 11th Wildcat to be named to the AP's first team and the first since kick returner Derek Abney in 2002.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Cobb beat out second-team all-purpose selection Damaris Johnson of Tulsa and third-team choice Denard Robinson of Michigan for the honor.

Other skill-position players named to the first team along with Cobb and Newton were running backs LaMichael James of Oregon and Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State, wide receivers Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State and Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma, and tight end Michael Egnew of Missouri.

Cobb led Southeastern Conference receivers with 79 catches for 955 yards and seven touchdowns this season. At quarterback in the Wildcat formation, Cobb rushed for 401 yards and five touchdowns and threw for three more scores. He also returned a punt for a TD, threw and ran for two-point conversions and set Kentucky's career record for touchdowns.

Cobb was named to the All-SEC first team as all-purpose player and was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to rank first or second on his team in rushing, receiving and passing. Cobb led the SEC and ranked second in the nation in all-purpose yards with averages of 182.7 yards a game and 11.9 yards per play.

Auburn was one of five teams with two players on the AP first team. Newton was joined by junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Newton, in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from junior college, became the first quarterback in SEC history to reach 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. He also accounted for 49 touchdowns (28 passing, 20 rushing and one receiving).

"We knew and understood he was talented, but we didn't realize he could do things on his own that a defense just can't account for," Auburn Coach Gene Chizik said.

"There were times we knew we'd called a bad play and 50 yards later Cam would have made it look good."

Newton was practically unstoppable and Fairley was nearly unblockable.

The 295-pound junior led Auburn with 10½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss, blossoming into one of the best defensive tackles in the country after starting just two games in 2009.

Chizik said it took Fairley, another junior-college transfer, a season to adjust to playing in the SEC.

"He's come a million miles from where he was last year," he said.

Auburn also had tackle Lee Ziemba voted to second team and center Ryan Pugh on the third team.

No. 1-ranked Auburn will play No. 2 Oregon in the BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.

Joining Auburn with two choices on the first team were Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. All but Oklahoma State will play in a BCS bowl game.

Oregon was represented on the three AP All-America teams by James, who led the nation in rushing at 153 yards per game and finished third in the Heisman voting, and cornerback Cliff Harris, a second-team selection.

Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck of Stanford was the second-team quarterback, finishing behind Newton again. Kellen Moore of Boise State, the other Heisman finalist, was the third-team quarterback for the second straight year.

Trevathan honored

Cobb received additional recognition Tuesday when he was named a first-team All-American by SportsIllustrated.com, again at the all-purpose position.

Cobb's UK teammate, linebacker Danny Trevathan, received honorable mention from SI.com.

Trevathan, a 6-1, 223-pound junior from Leesburg, Fla., led the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 130 and had eight consecutive games with double-figure tackles. He ranked third in the league in tackles for loss with 16.

UK All-Americans

University of Kentucky football players to be named Associated Press first-team All-Americans:

2010 Randall Cobb All-purpose

2002 Derek Abney Kick returner

1999 James Whalen Tight end

1977 Art Still Defensive end

1957 Lou Michaels Tackle

1955 Howard Schnellenberger End

1952 Steve Meilinger End

1951 Doug Moseley Center

1950 Babe Parilli Quarterback

1950 Bob Gain Tackle

1942 Clyde Johnson Tackle

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