LEXINGTON — Once Kentucky coach Joker Phillips confirmed that redshirt defensive tackle Mister Cobble was ineligible, he made sure to emphasize that the Cats were going to look ahead, not back at what might have been.
“We were counting on him, there's no question about that, because he's a good football player,” Phillips said Friday. “We're treating it just like it's a season-ending injury. If you followed us for the seven years, the thing that we have done here is when somebody has gone down, the next guy has stepped up.
“You can remember at Arkansas, Derrick Locke was the fifth-team tailback who came in and was really instrumental in us winning that football game. We're treating this the same. Alfonso Smith at Mississippi State a few years ago did the same thing. Our players understand that the next guy has to step up and it'll get done.”
Phillips said Cobble did not pass enough hours to be eligible, something the player admitted was totally his fault during UK’s Media Day.