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By LARRY VAUGHT
Redshirt freshman Bookie Cobbins is still an unknown going into Kentucky’s preseason training camp. He was a high school quarterback in Louisiana but has been moved to receiver after redshirting last season. However, he missed the end of spring practice because of academic concerns.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said he was a lot like defensive tackle Mister Cobble, who lost a year of eligibility due to his poor academic performance his freshman year but is now a starter on track to graduate.
“We battle our tails off to get players to be sophomores and learn how to take care of business,” Phillips said. “But when you are doig that, how could you trust him to be on the field? It’s hard to say what he can do talent-wise. Will he do what he’s supposed to do. Does he have it now? We think so. If not, you will be seeing him somewhere else.
“I think he is very talented, but he’s got to do what he’s supposed to do on and off the field. He was one of those guys we thought might hurt us, so we did not play him because we did not trust him. I think now he is becoming a guy we can trust.”
Fullback D.J. Warren had a solid freshman year and is a player Phillips can trust, but the UK coach is not sure how much he’ll play.
“You don’t see a lot of fullbacks in the game today. We think we have got a quality fullback, but you have to get your best 11 players on the field and sometimes the best 11 is not the fullback position,” the Kentucky coach said. “When we had John Conner, he was one of our best 11. But when we put him in the game, that meant (receiver) Dicky Lyons was on the sidelines. You want to try and get your most explosive guys on the field. We have a quality fullback, but how much he will play is yet to be seen. A lot has to do with how our third receiver comes around.”