Former Tennessee, Central HS football player Reggie Cobb dies of heart attack

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Former Tennessee running back and longtime NFL scout Reggie Cobb passed away on Saturday at the age of 50.

A Knoxville, Tenn., native, Cobb played for the Vols from 1987 to 1989 and ranks No. 11 in UT history in rushing yards (2,360), tied for No. 7 in rushing touchdowns (26) and No. 12 in rushing attempts (445).

"The Vol family lost one of its best in the passing of Reggie Cobb," Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. "Reggie was a great Vol, and a fantastic man. We all remember the great runs and the competitive spirit he played with at UT and the NFL.

"What people outside his circle did not see during and after his professional playing career, was the mentor he became to so many young men that he came into contact with. He influenced and changed lives for more than 30 years. Reggie will be loved and remembered, and he will be missed."

Cobb led the SEC in touchdowns with 20 in 1987 and rushed for 1,197 yards while collecting All-SEC Second Team honors during his freshman season on Rocky Top. His 1,721 all-purpose yards that season stood as the UT record until 2012.

Cobb was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round on the 1990 NFL Draft and spent seven seasons in the NFL, including a 1,171-yard, nine-touchdown season for the Bucs in 1992.

Following his NFL time, Cobb had a successful career as a scout for the 49ers, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including being named the NFC Scout of the Year in 2011.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee in 1999.