How will Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez use Jamardre Cobb?
The Arizona Wildcats are as thin as can be at middle linebacker, after losing star Scooby Wright (and others) to injury.
Jamardre Cobb, a former 4-star linebacker recruit from Los Angeles, Calif., could have been a replacement for Wright. But as AZ Desert Swarm observes, a hamstring injury kept him sidelined and out of shape — this forced him to switch to offense, unable to keep up with the “speed of the Pac-12” on defense.
While some speculated that Cobb would move back to defense, no such move has been made. In fact, the opposite seems to be the case: last week, Cobb saw his first reception of his career … a 1-yard touchdown completion.
“If Rich Rodriguez sees fit, Jamardre Cobb could be a valuable short yardage asset for Arizona,” writes Gabe Encinas. “Whether he comes in as a lead blocker for Nick Wilson, takes it up the middle himself, or goes out into the flats like he did on Saturday.”
(h/t SB Nation)
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Rodriguez says other linebackers will have to learn middle linebacker role rather than moving a guy like Jamardre Cobb back to linebacker
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) September 14, 2015