Fresh off a season-making upset of potential national champion contender West Virginia, Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville had even better news Monday.
Former Ellison standout Daniel Cobb, a redshirt junior linebacker, has been reinstated to the 18th-ranked Red Raiders roster after being cleared of all charges stemming from an alleged criminal incident in late August.
“There are no charges. There was nothing ever done. He was 100 percent innocent, and we’re glad to have him back on the team,” Tuberville said, “That’s pretty tough on a kid that age that had never done
anything wrong in his life in terms of crossing the line and then (being) accused of a felony. Then having to go through that himself, I mean, that’s a growing-up process. I can’t imagine having to do that.”
Cobb, 21, was originally dismissed from the team Aug. 20 after he was charged with felony burglary of a habitation the day before.
According to the Lubbock police report, Cobb allegedly entered a Lubbock apartment Aug. 19, damaging the door frame valued at $200, before assaulting the female tenant once inside.
“When you do something like that and you’re accused of something, my policy is to make sure that everything’s above board and that they have to clear their name,” Tuberville said. “(And) he’s done it all on his own.”
Having successfully cleared himself of any wrongdoing, Tuberville said Cobb, who was Tech’s third-leading tackler last season and was fighting for playing time before the incident, is expected to see playing time Saturday against TCU.
Cobb, who is on target to graduate in December with a degree in business, graduated from Ellison in 2009 after finishing second in District 12-5A with 1,276 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. The four-year letterman also led the Eagles’ defense, averaging six tackles per game in 2008 with two interceptions and 10 tackles for loss.
“I’m proud of what he stood for. He’s worked hard to clear his name,” Tuberville said.
“He’s back to a 100-percent member of the team and will play this week. So we’re looking forward to Daniel being part of it, and we’re glad everything worked out.”