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Cobble fails to qualify academically

Mister Cobble, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, said failing to qualify "hit me kind of hard ... I just feel like I let my teammates down."
Mister Cobble, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, said failing to qualify "hit me kind of hard ... I just feel like I let my teammates down."

Kentucky redshirt freshman defensive tackle Mister Cobble will miss the 2010 season because he failed to qualify academically, Coach Joker Phillips announced at the football team's Media Day on Friday.

The 6-foot, 321-pound Cobble had been penciled in as a starter after an impressive spring that saw him finish No. 1 on the depth chart.

"We were counting on him, there's no question about that," Phillips said.

Cobble will remain in school, practice with the team and try to return to the field in 2011.

"It hit me kind of hard, but it's a big learning experience," Cobble said. "I just feel like I let my teammates down. All I can do right now is work hard and get back in the books so I can get back on the field with my teammates."

The Wildcats return one starter at tackle, senior Ricky Lumpkin, while senior Shane McCord and junior Mark Crawford have seen backup action. Freshmen Donte Rumph and Brice Laughlin could also figure into the rotation.

"Depth-wise, I think we'll be OK inside; I really do," Phillips said.

Four signees don't report

Four members of the 2010 recruiting class did not report to the team on Friday.

Defensive tackle Tim McAdoo will head to junior college. Linebacker Farrington Huguenin will attend prep school. Another linebacker, Jabari Johnson, has not yet qualified, but Phillips said he's close enough that he won't enroll in a prep school or junior college and will continue to try to gain eligibility.

The status of linebacker Tim Patterson remains unclear. Patterson came up one point short of a qualifying test score and is appealing his eligibility to the NCAA. UK still has one roster spot open, so if Patterson is cleared he could conceivably join the team. But Patterson is also rehabilitating a knee injury suffered in December, so he could be a candidate to "grayshirt," or enroll in January.

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