Aliston Cobb learned while backing up Quinton Neil
Douglass' Aliston Cobb is The Oklahoman's high school football Player of the Week.
Last season, Aliston Cobb had a front-row seat to watch Quinton Neil make Douglass football history.
Cobb was the Trojans' third-string running back, playing behind Neil, who set the single-season school record for rushing yards (1,658) and helped Douglass reach the Class 4A state championship game.
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But this season, Cobb is the one putting on a show.
Through six games, the senior has rushed for 954 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 82 carries — 11.6 yards per touch.
Playing behind Neil and Kevin Forbes — who rushed for 1,165 yards and 13 TDs — last year prepared Cobb for his opportunity.
"It was good competition seeing them go out and do it," said Cobb, The Oklahoman's high school football Player of the Week. "That gave me motivation.
"There's always more chances to get better."
Cobb's performance isn't a solo act, and he knows it. He credits the Trojans' offensive linemen, and they enjoy blocking for him as much as he likes running behind them.
"He's fast, and when you get on your block, you've only got to stay on it a couple seconds and he goes," junior lineman Cayman Bundage said. "He makes it easy on us to block."
Behind a powerful offensive line, sophomore Diontay Washington has 495 yards and five scores on 50 carries, putting the Trojans on pace for two 1,000-yard backs again this season.
Quarterback Shon Bridges and fullback Ian Robinson are both big play threats to help Douglass average 339 rushing yards per game — better than last year's average when the Trojans posted 4,662 yards over 14 games.
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