Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, the school announced Tuesday. The award is given to the best receiver in college football by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.
Cobb is one of four Southeastern Conference selections in the final 10. The others are Georgia's A.J. Green, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery and Alabama's Julio Jones.
Cobb leads UK in receiving with 66 catches for 839 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior from Alcoa, Tenn., is first in the SEC in total receptions and second in receptions per game (6.0), touchdown catches and total receiving yards.
He leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 186.1 yards per game and has accounted for at least one score every game this season by rushing, passing or receiving.
The other semifinalists are Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles, Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller, Southern Methodist's Aldrick Robinson, Hawaii's Greg Salas and Western Michigan's Jordan White.
Three finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 22, and the recipient will be announced on the College Football Awards Show live Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
FBI interviews Newton's accuser, lawyer confirms
An attorney for the former Mississippi State player who helped spark the NCAA's investigation of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton says his client has been interviewed by the FBI. Phil Abernethy wrote via e-mail Tuesday that John Bond met with federal and state investigators and "cooperated fully with both agencies."
Abernethy said Bond would have no further comment because of the "ongoing nature" of the investigation. The FBI has declined to comment.
Bond, a former Mississippi State quarterback, told MSU officials in January he had been asked for $180,000 by a former teammate in exchange for Newton's commitment to the Bulldogs. The man was later identified as Kenny Rogers in an ESPN.com report. Rogers is expected to be interviewed by the NCAA, according to his attorney Doug Zeit.
Around the nation
Michigan State: Wide receiver Keshawn Martin is expected back for this weekend's game against Purdue after being out with a knee injury, Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday.
Illinois: The Illini have dismissed linebacker Evan Frierson two days after he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, Coach Ron Zook said Tuesday
Louisiana State: Coach Les Miles said Tuesday offensive lineman Will Blackwell (broken leg) will probably be back to play against Mississippi Saturday.
Miami: Stephen Morris will make his third straight start at quarterback Saturday, when the 24th-ranked Hurricanes try to remain in the Atlantic Coast Conference race against No. 14 Virginia Tech. Morris became the starter when Jacory Harris was sidelined with a concussion last month. Harris will practice this week but has not been cleared for contact.