Cobb also missed the third quarter of Kentucky’s win over Louisville to start the season after taking another halftime IV. However, he said he doesn’t always take a halftime IV and doesn’t anticipate it being a problem Saturday night at Florida.
The versatile Cobb is 20th in rushing (36 yards per game), eighth in receptions (four per game), 11th in receiving yards (53.3), ninth in punt returns (25.0), fourth in kickoff returns (20.6), sixth in scoring (8.0) and fourth in all-purpose yards (145.3) in the Southeastern Conference. That’s why head coach Joker Phillips says there are no plans to change how he uses Cobb at Florida.
“We've got to go. If we want to start fast he has to have the ball. We've got to go. We can't hold anything back or anybody back in this game,” Phillips said.
Injury update: Starting offensive guard Stuart Hines will not make the trip to Florida because of his sprained ankle. Phillips said junior tackle Billy Joe Murphy will move to the guard position to start in his place.
“We will move him (Murphy) inside from tackle to the guard position,” Phillips said. “Marcus Davis will be our swing guy now. He will go in at guard and kick Murphy to the tackle position to give the tackles a break.”
The coach said other players such as senior tackle Brad Durham and junior tackle Chandler Burden are gradually taking on more leadership and will have to fill the void created by Hines’ absence.
“All those guys have been around a while,” Phillips said. “Chandler Burden is a guy that hasn’t been at that position a long time (since he moved from defense in the spring), but he is starting to gravitate into (having) an offensive lineman type of mentality. They will be fine. I am not worried about those guys.”
Kentucky apparently will have senior fullback Moncell Allen at least available for spot duty. He injured his hamstring covering a kickoff against Akron last week, but he practiced for the first time this week Thursday. Phillips said he was “close enough” to be able to play against Florida.
MD patches: The Kentucky coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches on Saturday to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
Fans are encouraged to donate online at http://www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.