The big-play senior and the rest of his class are tasked with helping first-year coach Tim McClain turn around a program that has won only six games the past three seasons.
The progress starts with a work ethic and discipline to mold a player into the perfect warrior: drills, drills and drills.
“It’s about more footwork drills and hand-eye coordination drills. I’m working on stuff that I’m weak at,” Cobb said. “I’m just trying to make plays.”
Cobb had 800 receiving yards in 2012, a number he wants to increase by at least 200 yards in his final season. He also has put in extra time with quarterback Santo Nina.
Cobb and McClain believe the extra work has prepared the Spartans for battle and given them confidence to be brave in the face of any foe.
“I think we can make some noise if we just stay focused,” McClain said. “We have to change the mindset from the past years. It’s about coming in, working hard, doing overtime. The rest of the guys have adopted that work attitude of doing more than is required.”