Jan. 20, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 25 days away!
In January and February, UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 14) with looks back at the many players who donned jersey numbers 30-1.
The baseball season in Knoxville kicks off on the diamond on Feb. 14 when the Vols host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 4 p.m. With one of the youngest teams in the country in 2013, head coach Dave Serrano and company have the foundation in place on Rocky Top.
The 2014 slate is highlighted by 33 games in Knoxville, including early nonconference matchups against Purdue (Feb. 15-16) and UNLV (Feb. 21-23). The Vols open with a 13-game homestand, starting things off with three straight days of doubleheader action.
In total, 26 Vols have worn No. 25 and junior college transfer Johnny Youngblood will be the 27th Vol to don the jersey in 2014. Included in the mix is former right-handed pitcher a Farragut High School grad Craig Cobb, who set multiple records on the mound during his time in the Orange and White.
#25 Craig Cobb
2004-07 | RHP | 5-9 | 180 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)
A local product out of baseball powerhouse Farragut High School in Knoxville, Craig Cobb was a letterwinner on Rocky Top from 2004-07. Starting his career as a short reliver, Cobb quickly jumped into the starting rotation just six weeks into his college career. He wrapped up his rookie season with a 3-5 record, but his record was deceptive as the Vols scored four total runs in his final four starts (all losses). In his rookie year, Cobb became the first Vol to throw three straight complete games since UT legend R.A. Dickey did so in 1996.
Cobb started 15 games and pitched 99.1 innings as a sophomore, finishing the season with a 7-4 record and a 4.53 ERA. He was moved into a setup role for the start of his junior campaign, but was needed back in the starting rotation midway through the season and eventually moved into the No. 1 starter's slot. Cobb finished the season with a 9-3 record, a team-best 3.31 ERA and garnered ABCA All-South Region honors.
Tennessee's lone senior in 2007, Cobb led the Vols with eight wins and capped a distinguished career by establishing himself as a prominent fixture in the school's all-time records book.
When it was all said and done, Cobb closed out his four-year career holding the school record for appearances (85) and ranking second in wins (27), second in innings pitched (383.0), third in games started (48), tied for fifth in complete games (12) and seventh in strikeouts (214). He was also a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.
THROWBACK NOTES ON COBB
- Led Farragut HS to the 2003 Class AAA State Championship and No. 2 national ranking
- Enjoys golf as an off-the-field activity
- Admired the pitching prowess of Roger Clemens
#25 Johnny Youngblood
2014 | OF | 6-3 | 185 lbs. | R/R | Lexington, Ky.
Junior outfielder will be the 27th Vol to wear the No. 25 when he puts the jersey on in just 25 days. Youngblood comes to Knoxville from Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss. A two-time MLB draftee, Youngblood was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th Round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft and the Atlanta Braves in the 30th round out of high school. He comes to Tennessee ranked as the ninth-best junior college prospect by Baseball America. He posted 99 hits with 72 runs scored, 39 RBI and 48 stolen bases in just 55 attempts at Meridian.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Full name is Jonathan Pierre Youngblood
- Majoring in turfgrass science & management
- Aspires to play in the MLB or be the head of grounds at a MLB stadium