Freshman QB Leaves Football Team

Quarterback Brandon Cox has left the Auburn football team, Coach Tommy Tuberville says.

Auburn, Ala.--True freshman quarterback Brandon Cox has left the Auburn football team, Coach Tommy Tuberville said after Saturday evening's practice.

Cox, who was not present at either one of Saturday's two workouts, had been watching practice in dark sunglasses this week after suffering from headaches after he was involved in a traffic accident. He also missed Fan Day on Saturday afternoon.

Cox is shown in his sunglasses at a Friday practice.

Tuberville would not comment publically on the situation other than a two sentence statement that reads, "Brandon is not with the team right now for personal and family reasons. We hope he'll rejoin the team in the near future."

The 6-3, 194-pound left-hander is from Hewitt-Trussville High where he was named Alabama's Mr. Football after his senior season. He has been on the Auburn campus working out this summer since leading the Alabama All-Stars to a victory in their annual game vs. Mississippi back in June. He was named MVP in the contest.

Cox is shown throwing in a summer workout at Auburn as Daniel Cobb watches.

Cox was expected to be redshirted this season while he worked on improving his arm strength and adding more weight. With Cox not on the practice field, the battle for the third team QB job behind Daniel Cobb and Jason Campbell will be between a pair of true freshmen--Wesley Hill from Cordele, Ga., and impressive walk-on Josh Sullivan from Little Rock, Ark.

Last fall, Cox completed 233-329 passes for 2,887 yards and 27 touchdowns. His teammate and fellow Auburn freshman, Lee Guess, caught 93 of those passes for 1,341 yards with 12 receiving touchdowns to earn All-State honors for a second straight season. Cox set a Class 6A state single season record by completing 70.8 percent of his passes in 2001. He finished his high school playing days with 5,417 passing yards as he completed 68.7 percent of his tosses, which is a state record.

Cox was named to the Max Emfinger, PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America teams. The All-State pick was named Alabama's Class 6A Back of the Year, the Birmingham News Player of the Year, The Birmingham Touchdown Club Player of the Year and was named to the Huntsville Times Elite 11.

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