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Friday, March 11, 2011
The SEC's 25 best players: No. 7

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

If you’re looking for versatility, the next guy on our countdown defined it this past season:

No. 7: Randall Cobb, WR, Jr., Kentucky

Kentucky's Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb did just about everything for Kentucky and was rewarded with several first-team All-America selections.
2010 numbers/honors: Second nationally with 2,396 all-purpose yards and also finished second in the SEC with 84 catches. Cobb accounted for 16 touchdowns -- seven receiving, five rushing, three passing and one on a punt return. A first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated. A consensus first-team All-SEC selection.

Preseason ranking: Ranked No. 14 on the 2010 preseason countdown.

Making the case for Cobb: One of the more versatile performers in recent SEC history, Cobb was a little bit of everything last season for the Wildcats on his way to breaking Darren McFadden’s SEC single-season record for all-purpose yards. The 5-11, 186-pound Cobb lined up at receiver and quarterback. He returned kickoffs and punts and was also Kentucky’s holder on placement kicks. With 424 rushing yards and 1,017 receiving yards, Cobb just missed becoming the first player in SEC history to rush for 500 yards and have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. And even though Kentucky won just two SEC games, Cobb was at his best against league competition. He topped all receivers with 63 catches against SEC defenses and was third with 694 receiving yards. He had the game-winning touchdown catch against South Carolina, which was Kentucky’s biggest win of the season, and accounted for some type of score in 11 of the Wildcats’ 13 contests. Few players have come through this league and impacted games as many different ways as Cobb did last season.

The rundown

No. 8: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore

No. 9: Georgia OLB Justin Houston

No. 10: Arkansas RB Knile Davis

No. 11: Georgia WR A.J. Green

No. 12: LSU DT Drake Nevis

No. 13: Auburn OT Lee Ziemba

No. 14: LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard

No. 15: South Carolina DE Devin Taylor

No. 16: Florida S Ahmad Black

No. 17: Arkansas TE D.J. Williams

No. 18: Alabama S Mark Barron

No. 19: Florida CB Janoris Jenkins

No. 20: Mississippi State LB Chris White

No. 21: LSU RB Stevan Ridley

No. 22: Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

No. 23: Alabama DE Marcell Dareus

No. 24: Kentucky LB Danny Trevathan

No. 25: Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw