Wed, Feb. 8, 2012 - [Football]
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Patriots football team is in the spotlight once again, this time making news in the state of Kentucky. Two current players are being awarded an outstanding honor for their special play on the field in 2011. Terrance Cobb (Knoxville, TN) and Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) have recently been named to the 2011 Kentucky All Commonwealth Team. These young men will be honored at the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Louisville, KY on June 15, 2012.
Brendan Kelly was placed on the All-Defensive team for the Commonwealth. Kelly was able to come back after what should have been a career ending injury in the 2010 season to prove that he was force to be reckoned with in 2011. The Patriot tallied 39 tackles and was responsible for 4 interceptions that he was able to return for a total of 62 yards. Kelly also played special teams as a return specialist where he recorded 14 kick returns and 13 punt returns on the season. Kelly's outstanding play landed him a spot as a Mid-South Conference Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011.
Terrance Cobb was placed on the Honorable Mention team for the Commonwealth. Cobb was coming off of a stellar season in the backfield for the Patriots as he was named the Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010. Cobb backed up his freshman performance with great numbers in the 2011 season, despite having to share the load with a stable of running backs. Cobb rushed for 904 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season earning a place on the Mid-South Conference team for 2011.
"This is a tremendous honor for both Brendan and Terrance along with our football program to be represented on the All Commonwealth Team," said Head Patriot Football Coach John Bland. "I believe it is well deserved and we are very proud of both of our players for this accomplishment."
There are a total of 45 players selected on the All Commonwealth team from 17 colleges and universities from the state of Kentucky. This year is a particularly special time to be awarded, as it is the 10th anniversary of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame. The All Commonwealth Team will be honored among very special company, as they are expecting all past and current Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees to be in attendance.
This accomplishment for both Cobb and Kelly will be added to an already stellar career thus far at the University of the Cumberlands.
For more information on the Patriots football program along with other Patriot Athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com
Article Provided by Joshua Hallock, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Graduate Assistant