Green Bay Packer rookie WR Randall Cobb had the football world buzzing last night with his tremendous debut at Lambeau Field, scoring both on a 35-yard touchdown reception and an NFL-record tying 108-yard kickoff return. Today we take a look back at Cobb when he was in high school with an ESPNHS Alumni of the Day feature.
Before Randall Cobb was making plays at Kentucky as a wideout and wildcat-quarterback, he was a star at perennial power Alcoa (Alcoa, Tenn.), a school that actually began 2011 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Cobb was named "Mr. Football" for Class AA in Tennessee as a senior, completing 89 of 139 passes for 1,765 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only two interceptions while also rushing for 793 yards and 13 touchdowns. During his junior season, Cobb threw for 1,893 yards, 25 TDs, and just four interceptions. He was a two-time all-state selection and also led Alcoa to Class AA state title in both his junior and senior seasons, compiling a 27-3 record as a starting quarterback.
ESPNHS saw Cobb in person in April of '07, as the then aspiring quarterback attended an Elite 11 QB regional camp at Georgia Tech and also a Nike Camp at Georgia. While Cobb didn't make the cut for the Elite 11 finals that year, he did impress with his athletic ability.
"There was something special about the kid," then-Elite 11 coach and now Kentucky WR coach Tee Martin told Fox Sports Wisconsin. "He wasnt a prototypical quarterback. He had some height challenges, but he threw the ball well and was very athletic. He was one of those kids where it was like, I should watch out for that guy."