Photo taken by Walter Cornett, Three Point Shots
There is a quote from the ancient Chinese philosopher that reads “Silence is a source of great strength.” Senior Hawks Football player Bryson Cobb has been just that, a source of great strength over the last three seasons.
Cobb has been playing football since the first grad where his father Tino introduced him to the game. He enters his senior season having played three sports including baseball and basketball. The soft-spoken Cobb says, “Football is my passion. It’s on another level compared to baseball and basketball. When I play football it just gives me a feeling that those other two sports don’t.”
Cobb ranks 19th in LC Football career rushing (1430 yards), and realistically has a chance to enter the top ten by seasons end. He has become one of LCHS’ best dual threats (rushing and receiving). “My goal is to get 2,000 all-purpose yards (1,500 rushing, 500 receiving), along with 25 touchdowns.”
Head Coach Josh Jaggers has high expectations for the 5-8, 170-pound senior. “We expect nothing, but the best from Bryson this season. Obviously he rushed for over 1,000 yards last year and we are going to see what we can do about improving that even more; not because we (nor he) are worried about personal stats, but Bryson is one of those guys that when he touches it then he’s a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Everybody makes it a point to get the ball into their playmaker’s hands and Bryson is definitely one of those for us. We’re expecting him to “tote the rock” a lot as they say, and he’s also a very good receiver, so, we can move him around a little bit to get him the ball all while keeping things simple for him.”
Cobb will be asked to play multiple roles this season, according to Jaggers. “He will play RB/Slot and one of our safety’s on defense. Bryson will also be asked to play some outside linebacker as well.”
What separates Cobb from his peers? Jaggers eludes to a couple things. “His work ethic and stamina. I don’t know if he ever gets tired; if he does, he sure doesn’t show it. He works extremely hard in season and off season. He also takes great care of his body in terms of diet and getting the appropriate rest. Those are two aspects that are often overlooked. If you don’t have a great diet along with giving your body the rest it needs; it doesn’t matter how hard you work, those two key components are just as-if not more- important than the work you put in the weight room and on the field.”
Cobb quietly has gone about the off season just like his personality. “My off season workouts are pretty tough. They push me out of my comfort zone and forces me to grind through it. I work out with Sascha Teems to build my speed also.”
Cobb is about as relaxed and cool as they get. Head Basketball Coach Paul Childress says, “Bryson is a fantastic young man. Even though he is a quiet and reserved, he leads by example. He is well respected by his teammates and coaches.”
Head Coach Eric Allen concurs, “Bryson shows up day in and day out and works as hard as he can. His demeanor seldom changes which serves as a huge positive when it comes to trusting him in game situations. I know as a coach Bryson won’t get rattled or over hyped. He has a tremendous mental approach. His physical athleticism is above average. He’s one of the most dangerous base runners in our area. He was among our team leaders in runs scored this year due not only to his speed but his mind. He’s very smart and will out think his opponent most of the time.”
Jaggers is also quick to sing Cobb’s praises. “Bryson is such an unbelievable young man. I know early on we did a story on Kane Harris; he and Bryson are truly one in the same in so many ways. When you see one of them; you see the other (along with the likes of Dane Milby, Shane King, etc.). Bryson’s work ethic is second to none. He performs in the classroom, in the offseason, on the field and in every walk of life.
When asked about what areas Cobb needs to improve on Jaggers points to only one thing. “I’m as proud as him for that as just about anything. We all have areas where we can improve; young and old, but if there was one thing I’d really like Bryson to do more of is become just a little more vocal. You really don’t even know Bryson is around, and he leads by example. When Bryson speaks then his teammates listen- they know things are serious. Bryson is going to be one of our seniors who will have the option of continuing their playing days into college. It sounds cliché’, but his best years are ahead of him.”
Cobb understands that more is expected of him this season with the return of Jaggers. “This is my senior year so I need to be more vocal. I have to be a team leader and put the team on my back and do whatever it takes to get a victory.”
Look for Cobb to continue to be a silent source of strength for the Hawks.