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He is one of the best players to ever play football at Owen County High School, and he did it while playing for his father.
Curt Cochran graduated from OCHS in 1981. During his time as a Rebel, he lettered four years in football, three years in basketball and baseball and one year in track.
While a member of the football team, the Rebels compiled a record of 33-11 including a regional championship in 1980. That season, the team lost just one game during the regular season before falling to Russellville in the state semifinals.
“I was very fortunate to play at that time,” Cochran said. “I was surrounded by some really good players.”
His father, Roy Cochran, was head coach during Curt’s time at OCHS. When asked what it was like to play for his dad and have the success they had he said, “It was very rewarding.”
Playing for his father at the high-school level created a lot of good memories.
“I was glad we got to be really good,” Cochran said. “It was a pleasure watching him coach and knowing the love he had for the game.”
Cochran once scored six touchdowns as a sophomore in a game against Eminence. He gained over 5,000 yards while a Rebel and was named all-state two years.
One of his more memorable, so to speak, moments came during a game his sophomore season when he made a tackle following an interception. He says the tackle knocked him for such a loop that when he woke up the next morning he didn’t remember playing the game the night before.
Cochran remains unsure of his second-half performance in that game.
“We lost so it couldn’t have been that good,” Cochran said.
Following his success at Owen County, he went to the University of Kentucky where he played football for Fran Curci and Jerry Claiborne. He saw limited time during his freshman season. He was redshirted for the 1982 season. Cochran came back in 1983 and had a breakout season. He finished that year as the team’s third-leading rusher gaining 227 yards on 67 carries including a 15-yard touchdown against Tulane.
He also caught 16 passes for 111 yards.
The Wildcats finished the 1983 season with a regular season record of 6-4. One of those wins came when the Wildcats defeated Louisiana State in Baton Rouge. They earned an appearance in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.
In the game, Cochran ran for 22 yards on seven carries as Kentucky dropped a tough 20-16 decision to West Virginia.
One of Cochran’s teammates at Kentucky was current Wildcat head coach Joker Phillips.
The two were recruited together and met during an all-star game in high school.
“He is a great guy,” Cochran said.
He believes that Phillips will find much success as head coach of the Wildcats.
Before the start of the 1984 season, Cochran learned that he would not be able to play football anymore due to bone spurs in his neck. Cochran was slated to be the starting fullback when the season opened and finding out he could not play was extremely disappointing.
Cochran and his wife, Lisa, currently live in Frankfort and he works for the state of Kentucky.