Can Cobb turn the corner?by Brad Allis on Apr. 08, 2010, under Sports
He may be the fastest player on the Arizona Wildcat football team, but can Travis Cobb make an impact his season? He had the one kickoff return for a score against Washington State, but did little else.
The Blinn College transfer came to Arizona with high aspirations, but did little his first year. Cobb had just one catch for 15 yards and two carries for six yards.
Quite frankly, Cobb was ill-prepared for the rigors of D-I college football.
“A lot of JC guys just don’t understand how much work it takes to play at this level,” receivers coach David Nichol said last fall. “They can skate by in junior college but it takes a lot of work to succeed at this level. In some ways it is easier for high school guys to adapt because they have developed less bad habits.”
Since Cobb did not get the opportunity to transfer to Arizona until the summer, he was behind the eight ball in terms of learning the offense and never could crack the receiver rotation because of that.
Cobb was not happy with his play last year and decided to do something about it. He decided to make a lot of changes both on and off the field. Cobb started working harder in the weight room and in film study. He also started taking his academics more seriously and has even decided he needed to “play” a lot less.
“I am focused on this season,” Cobb told WildcatSportsReport.com’s Chris Bonney after the season.
Will the changes pay off? So far the early results are promising. Cobb had four catches for 20 yards and also carried the ball twice on receiver sweeps. One thing that the Cats have not been able to do is get Cobb into space to utilize his speed. That will be the biggest challenge for both the coaches and for Cobb. With his speed he can be dangerous in the open field, but does he have the ability to get there?
Cobb has the summer to keep working and getting better. The Cats need another game breaker and Cobb has the speed to be the guy. Does he have the skills to maximize the speed?