Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said the Cats went into the Auburn game with the intent of having Cobb throw more out of the wildcat package than he had, even though the scoring pass to Aumiller turned out to be his only attempt.
“We got in that formation because we thought we had some throws, and Aumiller did a really good job of selling the block on the front side and leaking out the backside,” Phillips said. “It is called a hide route, hiding all the way back to the backside. You know people are going to be sprinting to tackle him (Cobb). So he’s going to attract a lot of attention, and we’re able to get him (Aumiller) wide open.”
Aumiller still remembers his first high school touchdown, a pass he caught against Southwestern in his sophomore year.
“I didn’t even play offense that year. It was kind of a similar spot, and I just caught a little short pass,” he said. “I will definitely be able to remember the play, the play name and everything. (Tight ends) coach (Greg) Nord still talks about his first touchdown. It’s just something to always remember.”
Now Aumiller is ready to see Kentucky end a three-game Southeastern Conference losing streak and beat No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday night, something the Cats have not done since 2000.
“I am not used to losing. Little things have to get better. Florida was a good team. Ole Miss, we definitely should have won. Against Auburn we didn’t play as well as we should have the first half,” Aumiller said.
“I think the way we played the second half gave people on the team an idea of what we can do. They were No. 8 and that gives us more hope, or shows us we can play better than we did even at times in this game. We should build on this against South Carolina.”
Aumiller knows the offense has scored well for most of the season, and he expects nothing to change against South Carolina. He believes the defense will make a statement against South Carolina after the way it played the second half last week.
“The defense seems like they get in a groove sometimes in the second quarter, sometimes the third quarter. If they come out and get stops they get confidence, and that helps the offense a lot, too,” Aumiller said. “They will keep getting better, and we will, too. And that’s what it will take to beat a good team like South Carolina.”