Tiger Quarterback Preparing for Crimson Tide

Brandon Cox discusses his health and this week's Iron Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox says he will be physically ready to play when his Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa for the regular season finale vs. Alabama.

Cox, who was originally hit on his knee in Auburn's victory over LSU, was hit in the same spot in last Saturday's loss to Georgia. After going through practice on Tuesday morning and getting treatment on it that evening, the junior was upbeat about getting ready for this week's showdown.

"It is still a little sore from getting hit in the game," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "My back is a little sore and so is my knee, but I am pretty close to 100 percent."

Tuesday's practice is often the most important of the week for the offense which puts in the game plan that day. The Tigers changed their routine and worked out at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It was a shorter than a normal Tuesday practice," Cox says. "We got through it pretty quickly. We didn't have to do over many plays. Guys really had a lot of energy. We had one of our best practices."

The left-hander notes that his position coach, offensive coordinator Al Borges, is eager to get the Tigers back on the field after a disappointing performance vs. Georgia. "Coach Borges seems like he has a little extra boost of energy," Cox says. "All of the coaches do. They don't want to lose to Alabama. Nobody does and they especially don't want to lose two in a row to our big rivals. I think everybody has a lot of energy this week."

Cox notes that Borges asked senior wide receiver Courtney Taylor to address the offense in a team meeting about the importance of winning Saturday's game. "Coach Borges is doing it each day with the offense getting somebody to talk about it who has been in the game," he says. "Courtney did it Tuesday and talked about the rivalry and how he had been a part of it and what it means to be in it. I don't think it takes too much of a pep talk to get up for this game, but what Courtney said was good."

Cox says that he believes the Tigers will not have a hangover from their miserable Saturday performance vs. the Georgia Bulldogs. "Sunday was tough putting it behind us. We had Monday off and that helped getting away from football for a day. Coming out Tuesday we were focused on Alabama. Everybody is getting excited. This is Iron Bowl week. We talk about it all year. We do extra reps in the weight room and in running to get ready for them. This is what we come here for.

"The seniors are excited," Cox adds. "This is their last regular season game and they want to go out with a win. I want to give them a win to go out on. They are going extra hard this week and everybody wants to win for them."


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