Head coach Tommy Tuberville announced that the left-hander, who hasn't played in a regular season game since his senior season at Hewitt-Trussville High in 2001, will play regularly as the backup to senior Jason Campbell.
"That's big news to me," Cox says. "That would be great to get a little bit more experience with the ones. Being in there in a real game like situation without doing the mop up, That would be awesome--just get a little bit of experience."
Other than the A-Day spring games at AU in 2003 and earlier this year, he played his last football game in the summer of 2002 in the Alabama/Mississippi High School All-Star Game in Mobile and says he is eager to get back into action against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
"Coach Borges talked to me in the last week about (seeing early playing time)," Cox says. "He just wants me to get in there with the ones (first string) and get a little experience with them just in case something happens to Jason."
Offensive coordinator Al Borges says that Cox made huge strides as a football player in the 15 days of spring drills.
Cox, who finished the 2003 season no better than fourth team on the depth chart, made his move for playing time with a solid performance in spring drills. How much he will play this year is not clear to the quarterback. "We really haven't sat down and talked about (any set plans)," he notes. "I just know that I'm going to get in a series in the first half."
During his high school career at Hewitt-Trussville, Cox threw for 5,612 yards and 50 touchdowns in his finals two seasons. He completed 424 of 617 passes, setting the state record for completion percentage at 69 percent. A large portion of the completions, 180 to be exact, were to Auburn receiver Lee Guess.
However, Cox has yet to take a snap at the college level. "Next year, we're not going to have any guys with experience at quarterback," he says. "Being able to get in there and get a little bit of experience will help me out a lot. Jason knows that if something happens we're going to need to have somebody with experience so if I'm in for a series here, a series there, it'll get me some experience and I'll be able to help the team."