Should We Be Worried About Josh Cobbs’ Production of late?
LARAMIE -- Joshua Cobbs is no diva receiver, but even he can't deny it, when he's open, he lets the quarterback know.
In a nice tone, of course.
The sophomore from San Antonio got off to a fast start this fall, snagging 22 balls for 244 yards and two touchdowns through the first four weeks of the season. That was welcome news for Wyoming fans, many of which wondered aloud what this team would do without the services of Isiah Neyor, who entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after the bowl win.
He hightailed it to Austin. He took his 44 catches, 878 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns with him to the University of Texas.
The 6-foot-4, 204-pound Cobbs knew he would be leaned upon. He wanted it. It showed.
Over the last two games, however, Cobbs has technically been targeted 10 times. He has hauled in just two passes for 41 yards though. Most of those throws weren't in the same time zone. He was just the closest receiver.
So, what's the deal?
Is he not getting open?
"No, we've had some opportunities, whether a ball got batted down or little things like that, it's kind of changed his production these last few weeks," UW wide receivers coach Mike Grant said.
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What does Cobbs think?
"Yeah, I definitely think so," he said when asked if he's getting separation in the secondary. "I feel like I've had a couple of opportunities to take it the distance. I do think that's predicated off a lot of things. We'll just keep working and sooner or later we'll hit some of those."
Are cornerbacks covering him differently after catching16 balls over a three-game winning streak against Tulsa, Northern Colorado and Air Force?
According to Cobbs, it's all about the game plan developed by the coaching staff. For instance, in last Saturday's trip to New Mexico, the goal was to get tight end Treyton Welch more involved.
The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Minnesota native responded with a team-best four grabs for 87 yards. He also reeled in two touchdown throws from Andrew Peasley in the 27-14 victory over the Lobos, one from 47 yards out and the other from 29.
"That's fine," Cobbs said. "... It just worked out for Treyton to get the ball. I'm happy for him. I'm glad he was able to go out there and perform."
Grant said the evolution of this passing game will be fast-tracked by spreading the love. Last fall, he said, the team was too reliant on you know who.
"We're trying to break some tendencies so they don't get to that situation where all of a sudden, they know (Cobbs) is the only person we're going to throw the ball to," he said. "You know, we're trying not to get ourselves into a 'Neyor situation,' if you will. The whole world knew we were going to try to get to him and no one else developed. We're trying to continue to develop the whole group."
So far this season, Cobbs' 24 catches leads the way, but Parker Christensen has 15, Wyatt Weiland has 14, Welch has 11 and Titus Swen has 10. Will Pelissier, who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, already has eight grabs for 101 yards and a touchdown. Last season, Cobbs hauled in 25 passes all season. He was the second-leading receiver.
Cobbs, like any other pass catcher, wants the ball. He wants to make plays. He wants to win. So far, he has 285 yards and two touchdowns under his belt. That's the fifth-most receiving yards in the Mountain West.
Sometimes, though, Cobbs said he needs to serve in a different role.
"You have to wait your turn sometimes," he said. "I think it's just best for teams when players are willing to just be just as happy for their teammates as they are for themselves when they're able to make that play."
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