QB Sees Areas for Improvement

Quarterback Brandon Cox comments on his play and the Tigers' next opponent.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive line coach Hugh Nall had his players on the practice field early before the start of Sunday's workout after what he called a disappointing performance for his group in Auburn's 27-3 victory over Ole Miss.

Ole Miss was officially credited with four sacks vs. the Tigers, but Nall says he thinks it should have been five with Brandon Cox being hit as he threw a pass that was ruled a fumble just outside the Ole Miss end zone.

"Just looking at the Ole Miss film, a couple of them (sacks) might have been my fault because I was trying to hold the ball too long," Cox says. "I need to be quicker with my decisions and when it is not open throw it away."

"At times I get locked into throwing to the receiver deep down the field and I don't throw it to the check down receiver as quickly as I should," the sophomore says.

Brandon Cox made his sixth college start last Saturday vs. Ole Miss.

Despite the self-criticism, Cox won praise for his play from the coaching staff and graded 94 percent, one of his best marks of the season. The sophomore completed 17-27 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown.

"Ole Miss gave us some different looks, but we made some adjustments and that helped," Cox notes.

Cox is studying Kentucky's defense as his Tigers prepare for their third road trip of the season. Kickoff time this week will be noon CST from Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. There will be television coverage of the contest as Auburn goes for its 15 consecutive football victory vs. the Wildcats, who haven't beaten the Tigers since the 1960s.

The Wildcats are at the bottom of the SEC defensively. "I haven't seen too much film on them, but from what I have seen it looks like they have got some speed and can run to the ball," Cox says. "It is an SEC team and they are going to have talent. We just have to be ready for it."


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