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By LARRY VAUGHT
Randall Cobb hugged a few Tennessee players, glanced around the stadium and walked off the field for what could have been his final regular season game at Kentucky here Saturday.
Cobb had caught 13 passes for 116 yards and rushed five times for 25 yards against Tennessee to increase his all-purpose yardage to 2,192 this season, the second best mark in Southeastern Conference history behind the 2,310 yards Darren McFadden of Arkansas had.
However, Tennessee won 24-14, another bitter pill for the Alcoa, Tenn., native to swallow, especially since this was the first game this year he had not been responsible for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were in positions and did not capitalize,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Cobb as media members surrounded him. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What it comes down to is execution and we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He said his emotions were Ã¢â‚¬Å“indescribableÃ¢â‚¬Â after the loss.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We turned the ball over in criticual times. They did what they had to do to beat us and found a way to win, something we couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do,Ã¢â‚¬Â the junior receiver said.
Now Cobb has a relatively quick decision to make. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to have his NFL draft status evaluated and will have until Jan. 15 to decide whether to declare for the draft or come back to UK for a final season when he wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have quarterback Mike Hartline, running back Derrick Locke or recevier Chris Matthews, all seniors, back with him on offense.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got no timetable other than Jan. 15,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cobb said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are a lot of pros and cons to weight. A lot will have to do with my family and things coming up next year. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also going to be controversy in the NFL about a possible lockout.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have decisions to make and will have to do my homework and then hopefully make the right decisions.Ã¢â‚¬Â