@CobiHam11 is good. Barring injury, which is most certainly a possibility given we are in what is now a 7-month-long April Fool’s joke that is being played on the Razorback football program, Cobi Hamilton is going to leave Fayetteville holding the most prolific reception and receiving yards season in UA history.
As has been documented in this space previously following the 2011 season, Jarius Wright held the top spots in 7 of the 9 main receiving categories: Career receptions (168) and yards (2,934), Season receptions (66), yards (1,117), and touchdown catches (12), and Single game receptions (13) and yards (281).
With his 11 catches in last week’s game versus Tulsa, Cobi passed Jarius’ season reception mark putting Hamilton at 69. Cobi now is in the UA top spot for 3 of the 9 major categories, having also passed Jarius for single game yards (303) and tying Anthony Lucas and Alton Baldwin for Single game touchdown catches (3) thanks to his monster game against Rutgers.
Cobi currently sits 40 yards shy of the top UA season yards mark, 14 receptions behind career receptions, and 338 yards behind career yards. Given that he is currently averaging 7.67 catches and almost 120 yards per game, Hamilton is on pace to surpass Jarius in all three categories.
As for SEC records, Cobi is currently on pace to end in the top 3 in season reception and receiving yards spot, as well as top 20 career receptions and top 5 career yards. He has performed in big play fashion as well, having the 3rd best yard per catch average (16.86) of the players in the top 20 career yards.
Cobi has 4 of the 14 games with 10+ receptions (all this season). He is one shy of tying Anthony Lucas and Anthony Eubanks with 5 100-yard receiving games in a season, and is third with 8 career 100-yard games, behind Lucas’ 11 and Wright and Eubanks’ nine.
Where it does get interesting, is if the Hogs could somehow pull off at least 2 wins to become bowl eligible. If that happens, Cobi would have a shot at the following:
- 100 catch season, which would make him the first player in SEC history to reach that mark
- 1,500 yard season, which would be the third in SEC history along with Josh Reed and Alshon Jeffries
- 180+ career catches, which would put him in the top 15 in SEC history
- 3,000 career yards, which would be the third in SEC history along with Terrence Edwards and Josh Reed, with a chance of posting the top mark for career receiving yards
Regardless of whether the UA becomes bowl eligible, Cobi’s season has been one of the few bright spots of the 2012 season and has placed him in rarefied air, not only at the UA, but the SEC as well.
SG +1 – Left Coast style:
- Two weeks ago against Colorado, Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee posted the 2nd best mark in NCAA history all-purpose yards with 469. Included in that was 345 receiving yards, which is good for 5th most all time in NCAA history. This marked the 4th time this year a receiver has posted a 300+ yard game (Terrence Williams BAY – 314, Cobi ARK – 303, Stedman Bailey WVU – 303). Prior to this year, there has been just fifteen 300+ yards game in FBS history.
- Oregon RB Kenyon Barner’s 321 yards rushing was impressive and is the same amount that Darren McFadden shares with Frank Mordica as top SEC single game rushing mark. However it only places Barner in the 4th spot for single best rushing game in the Pac-12.