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Auburn Sophomore Football Player Chandler Cox Is Expected to Be Busy This Season

Chandler Cox talks about the upcoming Auburn season and what his role could be in the Tigers' offense.

Auburn, Ala.--The pads will go on for the first time this preseason in Auburn's football practice on Sunday. Chandler Cox said he is ready to get physical.

“I am real excited,” the sophomore said. “I think it is good for all of us. I think it is good for the quarterbacks, too, because I think they are going to go live. That is really going to show us who is going to be that physical runner or that guy that can really take hits.

“I think it is going to be good for our running backs, too, including myself,” Cox said. “It is going to be tough and guys are going to go down, and we are going to have one guy step up, but I am excited about it.”

Cox certainly has reason to be excited. After seeing a significant amount of time in 2015 as a true freshman fullback/H-back, he is expected to be a bigger part of the offense this year now that he is also playing tailback as is fellow sophomore fullback Kamryn Pettway.

“I am going to be real busy,” he said. “I think it is a good thing for me and him. He is going to be on field at the same time I am and it is a bigger role for me as well because last year we split time. Maybe I got 30 plays a game and he got 20, it just depends. This year they are counting on me to be that guy.”

Cox, a 6-1, 240-pounder, got to run the ball a lot at Apopka High School where he helped his team to a Florida state championship and having a chance to carry it this fall has got the sophomore eager for the season to start.

“It is super exciting,” he said. “It is something I have always wanted to do. When I came to Auburn I wanted to run the ball and they are going to give me that chance. It is good for me, too, because I want to help this team as much as I can. Even if I didn’t run the ball I am okay with that. I am going to do whatever I can to help this team, this program, win games.”

Through the first four days of practice Cox noted that he has spent about half of his time at tailback and half as a fullback/H-back. Pettway is spending the majority of his time at tailback. 

Asked about his expectations for the 2016 Tigers, Cox said, “I think the sky is the limit for us. I think it goes back to the summer and offseason training. I think it was a really good--a great summer really and offseason. I think the guys came together. The camaraderie in the locker room and everything has been on point the way it is supposed to be.

“I think we are tighter than we have been in the past,” he added. “I think that is a big part of coming up this season. I think that is what is going to help us win games.”

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