Saturday, August 22, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 14 Days (#14 Joe Cox)

#14 Joe Cox, QB
6-1, 200, Charlotte NC (Independence HS), Sr.

Cox has waited 4 years for the opportunity he’s about to get, to be the signal-caller for the UGA program. While he’s got enormous expectations on his shoulders, most Dawg fans realize he won’t be expected to do it by himself. Anyone with knowledge of the game of football recognizes that Cox doesn’t have the physical tools that Stafford had, and in a way that is a welcome notion to some. In all likelihood, the UGA offense will now be “scaled back” to a degree to focus on what Cox may be able to do better than Stafford, which is to methodically lead the offense down the field and chew up quite a bit of clock. That could allow the UGA defense to stay off the field a little more, and perhaps show some better results than what we saw in 2009. (That is my own personal hope, at least. )The biggest concern is what will happen if and when the Dawgs have to rely on Cox to lead them from behind to a victory. Stafford was able to do that on his own in a few games last year (Auburn and Kentucky to name a couple.) It remains to be seen if Cox has that in him. We all remember his performance against Colorado almost 3 years ago. It may be time to see it all come full circle for Cox.

Depth Chart Analysis: Cox has separated himself from the other quarterbacks on the roster this past spring and during summer workouts. This isn’t a situation like what UGA saw in 2006, when Mark Richt chose a senior over 2 other younger quarterbacks that he wasn’t comfortable handing over the reigns to. Logan Gray is a very capable backup that would start for a lot of teams across the country. Cox has not only had a great offseason in preparation for this enormous task, he has also shown tremendous leadership skills this offeseason, skills that many believe this team and program sorely need.

Other famous #14s in UGA history: ROV Terry Hoage, QB David Greene, QB James Jackson, QB Mike Bobo, QB Andy Johnson, QB Kirby Moore

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