Cobbins, however, is fully healthy now. And with 7-footer Philip Jurick gone, his role has expanded, much like his own expectations.
“I have to step up,” Cobbins said. “I've got a bigger job this year. Basically, I've got to be a big bruiser on this team and man up down there. Defend the basket like I know how.
“I have to go into every game with the mindset that I may not get the respect, because I may not be as big as some other bigs, but I've got to go out there and show them that I'm no different than them and I can do the same things that they can do.”
Cobbins won't have to go it alone. Kamari Murphy, another 6-8 forward, played significant minutes as a freshman a year ago and is adopting the same get-tough attitude when it comes to patrolling the paint from space-eating invaders.
“We have all the scorers we need out on the wing,” Murphy said. “Markel Brown, Marcus (Smart), Le'Bryan (Nash), Brian Williams … we have all the scorers we need already. Me and Mike's job is really to protect the rim, get rebounds and finish when we're at the goal.
“We're not coming out looking for 20 or 30 points. I'll be happy with a double-double, 10 points, 10 rebounds, I'll be fine with that.”