Cox Preparing For Another Road Test

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox is featured in this football report.

Auburn, Ala.--His teammates and coaches say that sophomore Brandon Cox is improving.

That is good news for the Auburn offense, which will need strong play from their quarterback and everybody else on that side of the ball as the Tigers face a Top 10 opponent on the road this week.

"Brandon is definitely getting better out there," says senior tight end Cooper Wallace. "It is fun to watch him develop and gain more confidence."

Another senior, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, agrees with Wallace and notes that the left-hander is proving to be a good leader in his first season as the starter. "I have a lot of confidence in Brandon," he says.

Brandon Cox directs traffic in Fayetteville.

Senior wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, who caught six passes for 98 yards in Auburn's victory over Arkansas, says that it was important for Cox to lead the Tigers back to victory after being down at halftime vs. the Razorbacks, who took advantage of two first half interceptions to take the lead.

"He showed that he can recover and bounce back," Aromashodu says. "That is important because he is about the most inexperienced player on our offense."

Cox, Wallace and McNeill are expected to have a busy Saturday night in Baton Rouge facing one of the nation's tougher defensive groups in their own backyard. The Tigers will kick it off at 6:45 p.m. CST on LSU's home turf. Auburn, which is 3-0 in the SEC, will face an LSU team that is 3-1 in the conference and is ranked seventh nationally. Coach Les Miles' team is a touchdown favorite to end Auburn's 13-game SEC winning streak.

If Cox is nervous about the next game, it doesn't seem to show. He says he is looking forward to it after grading 95 percent last Saturday night in his first college road start at Arkansas. In that contest, he bounced back from a slow start to throw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in Auburn's 24-17 victory.

"It is going to be a big game," he says of this week's road trip to Baton Rouge. "If we win this, we are on track to win our division and get an SEC championship. It is just another SEC game and we just have to keep on going and win all of them."

Cox says he has never been to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, but notes that a lot of his teammates have played there. "They say they are crazy down there," Cox says. "They come up banging on the bus and things like. They are rowdy fans...I have heard horror stories about it so we are just going to do our game plan and get ready for it."

In five games this season, Cox has completed 86-136 passes for 1,163 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He had a streak of 69 consecutive passes without an interception snapped on the first series at Arkansas. It was the first of two first half interceptions.

"The first one on the screen play I kind of threw it blind," Cox says. "I got pressure and kind of made a panic throw. The second one there was not much I could do. They had three guys around me. I could have stepped up in the pocket a little earlier and tried to get the ball out of bounds. That second one was tough, but that first one I could have definitely made a better decision."

This Saturday the Tigers face an LSU team that has won three straight after dropping a 30-27 overtime game to Tennessee. LSU took an opening night win 35-31 at Arizona State and started its winning streak with a 37-7 win at Mississippi State followed by a 34-6 decision at Vanderbilt and the 24-17 home victory vs. Florida last Saturday.

Cox and the Tigers will face an LSU defense that is giving up 18 points per game and an SEC leading 69.2 yards per game on the ground.

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