Saturday, August 16, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 14 Days

#14 Joe Cox, QB
6-1, 206, Charlotte NC (Independence HS), Jr.
3 years ago, Cox came to UGA after completing an outstanding career at Independence High, where he followed two outstanding QBs, C.J. and Chris Leak. Cox originally committed to his parents' college alma mater, Duke, but just 2 weeks later switched his commitment to UGA. Shortly after he would bring the commitment of fellow Independence High senior Mohammed Massaquoi with him to Athens. After a redshirt season in 2005 where he won the Outstanding Offensive Scout Team Player Award, Cox came into the 2006 season battling for a starting job with Joe Tereshinski and Matthew Stafford. Tereshinski won out, until he was injured in the 2nd game of the season. Stafford got the nod over Cox initially, but Cox came on in relief in the 2nd half of the Colorado game and led an great comeback from a 10-0 deficit, completing 10 of 13 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. No one will soon forget his game winning touchdown pass to Martrez Milner. Cox was named Sporting News College Football Player of the Week, and SEC Freshman of the Week. After starting in Oxford the following week, Cox relinquished the job to Stafford and has been his backup ever since. He played in 6 games as a sophomore, completing 5 of 15 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Depth Chart Analysis: Coming into this season, some might have thought that Cox would find his way further down the depth chart behind current 3rd stringer Logan Gray. However, Cox had a good spring and has looked good again in fall camp, and seems to have solidified his position again as Stafford's primary backup. His game experience will give him a big time edge should the Dawgs find themselves with the need for another quarterback at any point this season. Although probably not as agile as Gray, he gives the Dawgs another possible look from the quarterback position, and it is possible that Richt and Bobo could trot him out there to spell Stafford on a snap or two per game. Not likely, but possible.

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