Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL 2011 Review: Randall Cobb Leads the Way

Nick Nafpliotis@@NickNafster79Correspondent IJanuary 16, 2012

Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL 2011 Review: Randall Cobb Leads the Way

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    Even if you don't have a favorite NFL team, the University of Kentucky has slowly but surely been adding a stable of quality alumni into the pro ranks.  

    Led by Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, there are plenty of reasons for Cats fans to feel a sense of big blue pride while watching football on Sundays.

WR/KR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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    25 rec, 375 yards, 1 TD

    27.7 yard KO Return average, 1 TD

    11.3 yard Punt Return average, 1 TD

    The fact that Randall Cobb was able to get any time on the field considering Green Bay's exceptional receiving corps is a testament to how highly the coaching staff thought of him.  He was also an explosive kick returner that managed to tie and NFL record in his first game with a 108 yard kickoff return.

    Cobb did have an issue with fumbling during the year, but his overall impact for the Packers was overwhelmingly positive.

P Tim Masthay, Green Bay Packers

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    45.6 yard punting average

    23 of 55 punts inside 20 yard line

    Punting is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when discussing the Green Bay Packers, but the ginger with the golden boot was a key part of the Packers consistently winning the field position battle during the season.

FB John Conner, New York Jets

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    3.4 yards per carry, 1 TD

    "The Terminator" had another solid year blocking for the Jets' stable of running backs.  

    Despite the offseason turmoil that is sure to surround the team, it's a pretty safe bet that Conner will be laying the hammer down on Jets opponents next year.

WR Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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    76 rec, 1,004 yards, 7 TD

    Known as much for his touchdown celebrations as his great play, Stevie Johnson finished the year by being benched after he was warned against performing his usual antics by coach Chan Gailey.  

    He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and a likely target of any teams looking for an explosive wide receiver (with a side of over-the-top personality).

DT Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons

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    26 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD

    Despite a mediocre pass rush for Atlanta's defense this year (19th in sacks), Peters was an effective player for the Falcons.  

    He even managed to get into the end zone with a fumble recovery against the Jaguars.

LB Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos

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    97 tackles, 2 FF

    As one of Tebow's 52 Bronco disciples, Woodyard was a key part of a defense that helped keep Denver in games so that the 4th quarter magic could happen.

TE Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts

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    19 rec, 177 yards, 1 TD

    After a successful stint last season filling in for an injured Dallas Clarke, Tamme made the most of his brief opportunity to play again this year.  Unfortunately, the Colts offense was nowhere near what it was in 2010.  

    Despite being the 3rd tight end option for the Colts, Tamme has proven that he will make plays when he gets the chance.  

    Hopefully this leads to more playing time or a spot on a team that will use him more.

RB Alfonso Smith, Arizona Cardinals

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    3.4 yards per carry, 1 TD

    Smith didn't get many chances to see the field playing behind Beanie Wells.  Hopefully he will get more carries next season

OT Garry Williams, Carolina Panthers

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    Despite being on injured reserved for the entire season, the Panthers signed Williams to an extension, ensuring that he will be protecting Cam Newton next year.

DT Myron Pryor, New England Patriots

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    2 tackles, 0.5 sacks

    Pryor looked to have a great year in New England until suffering a season ending shoulder injury in Week 2.  

    Look for him to be back and breaking quarterbacks' jaws next year.