Auburn, Ala.--Known almost as much for his special plays in the “Cox Cat” a season ago as his work as a blocker for the Auburn offense, junior fullback Chandler Cox said heis ready to turn the page and start fresh this spring under new coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Cox said it has been a short offseason for the Tigers, but everybody is fired up and ready to go.
“It seems like it was a quick turnaround, just like I was saying, just a month ago if you think about it, we were playing in the Sugar Bowl,” Cox said. “I’m excited for spring. Everybody was so locked in in the offseason in the short time we had.
“I’m just excited about how it’ll pay off in the spring. Everybody was dialed in and excited to train every single day. I think it gave us momentum heading into the spring.”
While Lindsey is expected to add quite a bit to the passing game for Auburn’s offense, overall from a scheme-standpoint Cox said not to expect a very different look from the Tigers. As for his role, he said it’s still doing what it takes to help the team win and if he gets some touches then that’s a bonus.
“It’s going to be very similar,” Cox said. “There’s some new things that Coach Lindsey is going to do passing wise, but for the most part it’s going to be similar to what I’ve been doing-a lot of blocking and going out for some passes. Hopefully, down the line maybe give me the ball a little bit I don’t know.”
A guy the Tigers may be counting on to deliver the ball this season is someone Cox has been learning plenty about since he arrived on campus. As Jarrett Stidham’s roommate, Cox said he has seen the former Baylor quarterback and five-star put in the work it takes to get the job done.
““He fits in just fine,” Cox said of Stidham. “He’s my roommate so I’m with him all the time--go eat with him all the time. I go in there and he’s always watching film. Every single day he’s watching film whether it’s for an hour or two hours.
“He’s a good kid and has a good head on his shoulders. He really wants to compete and help this team out. I’m excited for him and excited about him. I’m just glad he chose Auburn.”
With two years of experience under his belt and a player the Tigers look at as a leader, Cox said he wants to take that to another level this season and it starts in the spring.
“I want to go to a place I never have been,” Cox said. “I just want to take that next step mentally and physically on the field. I want to really get better at technique. Another thing for me is to take that leadership standpoint and take that next level and be a leader on this team.
“I was just a sophomore last year, but I tried to lead. I am really excited to take that next step and be somebody guys can look at. I just want to help this team out with whatever I can do.”