Joshua Cobbs looking to build on breakout performance
LARAMIE -- Isaiah Neyor snags touchdowns and headlines.
It's all warranted, too.
The freshman from Fort Worth has 36 catches through 11 games this fall. Ten of those have gone for six. He has also added one on the ground.
There's no doubt the 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback has a connection with quarterback Levi Williams, but there's another pass catcher from the Lone Star State who has entered the chat.
Joshua Cobbs hauled in six passes for 76 yards last Saturday night in Logan, Utah. Those are both career highs. The San Antonio product also added a 17-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter.
"It was pretty cool," the 6-foot-4, 196-pound freshman said of his first-career touchdown catch in a 44-17 rout of the Aggies. "More importantly, doing what I can to help this team out."
His head coach thought it was pretty cool, too.
"He had, I think, a breakout game," Craig Bohl said. "I mean, he made some contested plays, he got his feet down in the end zone and reacted well on a couple of the deeper balls. So, it was really good to see."
That initial score didn't just give the Cowboys a 21-14 lead, it also served as a bit of redemption for Cobbs.
With 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, Williams hit Neyor on the boundary. He made one defender miss and was off to the races for what would have been a 73-yard touchdown. It was all for naught. Cobbs was hit with a pass-interference call for blocking down field.
Instead of points on the board, Wyoming set up shop at its own 14-yard line and punted two plays later.
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Cobbs got bailed out when Utah State running back Elelyon Noa fumbled on the ensuing drive. Still, he wanted to make up for his mistake.
"It was more of a thing where Isaiah wanted that touchdown," he said. "I was trying to do what I could to help him get that. Man, I wish I could've done better in that situation. Obviously, I did want to make a play to make up for what I did."
It's only fair.
Cobbs said with all the attention on Neyor and the bracket and double coverage opponents attempt to deploy on him, that leaves plenty of space for other UW receivers to get involved.
It's up to the other guys to make plays, he continued.
Wyatt Wieland has a catch in each of the Cowboys last two outings. Cobbs has added seven. It's come at the perfect time, too, with Alex Brown and Ayden Eberhardt both on the shelf with injuries.
Cobbs has so far served as a safety net for Wyoming's young quarterbacks. He has 19 catches this fall but has only rolled up 197 yards through the air. That's an average of 10.4 per grab. What does that mean? High-percentage throws are coming his way.
And he's making the play.
But if you ask Cobbs, he's not a one-trick pony. The underneath game is just what he's been asked to do -- for now.
"I think I'm a deep threat, as well," he said. "My physicality, I think, is my best ability. I can play a part in all phases of the game. Whether it's the deep game, mid or short, I think I do a pretty good job there."
He sure proved that at Wagner High School, where Cobbs averaged 24.5 yards per catch as a senior. He hauled in 27 passes for 661 yards and added 17 receiving touchdowns.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine -- the Bible of prep football in those parts -- described Cobbs as "the most impressive specimen in the game." Maybe that's why he received 19 scholarship offers, including two from Army and Navy and, one from Mountain West foe, UNLV.
"I always feel like I can come out and have a big day," he said. "It was just my opportunity last week. Isaiah opens up a lot of opportunities for all of us, it was just my turn."
Statistically, Hawaii features the 127th worst pass defense in the country out of 130 FBS teams, allowing nearly 300 yards through the air per outing. The Rainbow Warriors are in town Saturday afternoon for the season finale.
Just maybe this Saturday will also be Cobbs' day?
"I've obviously watched them, but it always comes down to game planning and preparation before a game," he said. "Wherever I can help -- whether that's five or six catches -- whatever it may be."
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