Rice University Owls football player Trevor Cobb
Black and white copy of article on Trevor Cobb's induction into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Cobb is pictured in his football uniform during a game. Text describes his career as a player for the Rice Owls football team and biographical information. Caption reads: The legacy of TREVOR COBB to Rice athletics may transcend just his exploits on the football field. He became the best running back in the country right when the Owls and their followers needed a hero. Trevor was indeed a hero. Cobb’s first moments as an Owl, after arriving from Dobie High, were inauspicious. Against SMU in the 1989 season opener, the rookie fumbled the opening kickoff, allowing the Mustangs to take an early 3-0 lead in their first game back from the NCAA-mandated death penalty. That opening blunder is noteworthy now only because of what came later: 21 Rice records that still stand, consensus all-America recognition and the 1991 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back. Most importantly, Cobb ended his career as the leader of the Owls’ 6-5 season in 1992, Rice’s first winning record since 1964. As the featured back in Goldsmith’s open offense, Trevor had many opportunities to shine. He had at least 20 carries in 29 of his 44 games, and that durability helped lead to 24 games with 100-plus rushing yards and he had 19 games with at least 150 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and returns). There won’t be many players who will ever duplicate Cobb’s honors. He’s the only man to win three George Martin Awards as the Rice MVP. He won the Southwest Conference’s American Spirit Award in 1992 and was the league’s male athlete of the year in 1991-92, the only Owl ever to be so honored. Trevor Cobb helped prove to a new generation that you could have a successful football career at Rice. That may stand as his greatest contribution ever.
Rice Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality original image)
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