Cox Ready To Get Back Into Action

Auburn's starting quarterback discusses his health as the Tigers prepare to return to the football practice field.

Auburn, Ala.--After sitting out against Western Kentucky and practice on Sunday, Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox says he is ready to get back to work as the Tigers prepare for a seven-game stretch of SEC games while trying to defend their 2004 championship.

"I'm a lot better than I was Saturday," Cox says. "I've had some other viruses where I was throwing up, but nothing like that. It was pretty rough. I woke up that morning thinking I was going to play and then that happened. Sitting on the sidelines and watching was something unexpected."

The Tiger QB became ill on his way to Auburn's 37-14 homecoming victory on Saturday as the Tigers improved to 3-1 as they played their final non-conference game of the regular season. Redshirt freshman Blake Field took over at quarterback and did a solid job in his first significant collegiate action.

Cox was on the sidelines for the second half of Saturday's game, but spent the first half being checked out by physicians at East Alabama Medical Center while Field directed the Auburn offense as the Tigers built a 24-0 lead by halftime.

The redshirt sophomore had a 103 fever when he got to the hospital, but that didn't last long after he got treatment. He notes that he could have played if needed in the second half after getting back on the sidelines in the third quarter, but he notes that in the first half that wasn't possible.

Brandon Cox spent the second half on the sidelines on Saturday.

Cox says he will be back in action on Tuesday as the Tigers have their second day of preparation for Saturday night's home game against South Carolina. Kickoff time is 6 p.m from Jordan-Hare Stadium for a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

"This is the heart of our schedule and it's where our season is made, right here," Cox says. "We are the defending SEC Champs and we have to go out and play like it. This is where it starts right here."

In his first three college starts, Cox has completed 50-81 passes for 715 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Including seven games as a reserve last year, the left-hander is completing 62.6 percent of his passes and has 1,072 passing yards with nine TDs and six interceptions.

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