Cox Has "Fun" In His First Collegiate Performance

Brandon Cox had plenty of reasons to smile after his collegiate debut vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

Auburn, Ala.--Brandon Cox had not played a regular season football game since he was a senior at Hewitt-Trussville High School during the 2001 season. However, on Saturday he showed no signs of rust or nervousness as he made a solid showing as the backup to senior Jason Campbell.

"After the first couple of plays, I just relaxed and had some fun out there," Cox said following Auburn's 31-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. "Coach said just go out there and have some fun, and that's what I did.

"When I first went out, I was in a zone," Cox said. "I didn't really notice the crowd. I was concentrating on what I had to do. That first snap was the hardest one. I wanted to make sure I got the snap and the ball. It was fun after that."

Brandon Cox scored a TD to put the Tigers on top 17-0.

Cox scored the game's second touchdown, running into the end zone from 14 yards out when the entire Louisiana-Monroe defense ran to the left side of the field in pass coverage. Nobody was near the left-hander as he covered the distance to the goal line.

"When I first got out there, I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be," Cox said. "Coach told me I was going in the third series. I got warmed up and went out there. The nervousness never hit me."

Cox completed his first college pass as he hit Courtney Taylor over the middle for a 39-yard pass and run to convert a third down play and set up Cox's TD run. "It was just a quick three-step drop," Cox said. "They blitzed to that side so I threw to the side they came from. I didn't see the catch.

"I got hit a little and it turned me around," Cox added. "I looked up and saw that Courtney broke the tackle and got a good run after that. That's what our receivers have been doing a good job of--catching the ball and making a good play afterward.

"It was good to get in on the third series of the game when we were still running our number ones against their number ones. It was fun to get in that kind of situation rather than just mopping up."

Cox also was in during mop-up time, but threw just six passes in the game. He completed three for 76 yards with no interceptions and no passing TDs. He admitted he was surprised that his first college score came the way it did.

"If I thought I was going to have a touchdown, I thought it would have been passing, not running. It just happened that way. I'm usually the type who avoids the pressure and throws the ball. I looked up and there was no one there so I started running. You just have to do what you've got to do."

Head coach Tommy Tuberville said that Cox will play each week and the backup quarterback is eager to get back out on the field. "We didn't run our whole package," he said. "We just ran our base formations. Next week and the week after that it will be a lot different."

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