DENTON (9/29/04) North Texas running back Patrick Cobbs has chosen to postpone his final football season with the Mean Green by pursuing a medical redshirt after injuries received earlier this season.
Rehabilitation for a knee injury that he suffered in the second game of the season against Florida Atlantic is going to take longer than originally expected. In addition to his knee injury, Cobbs is plagued with a broken thumb which he received before the season opener against Texas, forcing him to play with a cast covering his entire hand in the first two games.
"The doctors have told me that this is the type of injury that could turn into something worse if I didn't complete the rehab process completely and I don't want to take any chances," Cobbs said. "It is unfortunate, because I was really looking forward to a great year, but I would rather take my time and make sure I am completely ready to go before I get back out there."
Freshman Jamario Thomas and sophomore Kevin Moore have filled the top two positions on the depth chart in Cobbs absence. Both players are expected to get the majority of playing time at running back throughout the rest of the season.
"I have complete confidence in the ability of Jamario and Kevin," Cobbs said. "They will do a great job this year and I am really excited about being able to play with them next year."
Cobbs is currently second in career rushing yards for the Mean Green with 2,896 yards and needs 224 yards to break the North Texas record held by Ja'Quay Wilburn.