Posted: Jul 9, 2012 4:57 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 5:14 PM
When Joker runs out on the field, he will be leading too many young players. Joker has admitted making too many recruiting mistakes with the older players. Many have left. On paper, the recruiting has gotten better, but Kentucky is playing catch-up in the toughest league in America.
If you had a top ten list of what drives coaches crazy, this would be near the top. A player whose been blessed with plenty of talent, but they don't get it.
"No question," says UK Assistant Head Coach David Turner. "There is a lot of talent walking the streets. The difference is you have to be tough enough to do it. You have to deal with the off the field stuff. Your academics. You have to take care of your body. You have to get your rest. There is a lot of different factors that go into being a successful football player at this level."
And then you have defensive tackle Mister Cobble, who has told LEX 18 that he's growing up.
Talent has never been an issue. Cobble has pro football talent.
"He could," says Turner. "The skies the limit. He can be as good as he wants to be. But, he's got to understand it's an everyday grind."
Turner admits that Cobble has finally changed. He compares Cobble's habits to Luke McDermott, who pound for pound gets as much out of his abilities as anyone on the team.
"Yeah he has. I don't want to praise him too quick, but he has. I see him starting to mature. He's starting to ask football questions, which means he's starting to understand football a little more."
Maybe the light bulb is on.