"No Regrets" For Auburn Senior

Auburn, Ala.--It hasn't been the senior season he expected, but quarterback Brandon Cox has had an impressive career at Auburn. He'll finish in the top five of nearly every statistical passing category in the Auburn record books, and a win over Alabama would make Cox and Jason Campbell as the only two starting quarterbacks in school history to beat Alabama three times.

"It'd be special," Cox says. "That would be awesome. Coach said it the other day. He said that there's nobody out here at practice that has lost to Alabama. We're going to hopefully keep that going. For me personally going 3-0 would be awesome.

"I've done more than I ever thought I would," he adds. "I started three years at an SEC school, which was my goal. I've passed all of the goals I've set and more. It's been a great experience. Win or lose, I don't have any regrets on anything."

The senior from Trussville, Ala., is third in school history in passing attempts with 845, just nine behind Campbell with two games to play. He's also third in career completions with 503 and will have a chance to move into second in career touchdown passes. Cox has thrown 41 scores in his career, just four behind Campbell. He's also third in school history with 6,520 passing yards and will likely finish fourth in career completion percentage.

The Tigers have 27 wins over the last three seasons and Saturday night's Iron Bowl will be the final home game for Cox, a three-year starter, and the AU seniors.

"It's going to be fun to go out there and it's the last game," Cox notes. "It's going to be exciting and pretty emotional at the same time. It's going to be tough to realize that that's it. Hopefully, we can go out with a win.

"It's another night game," he adds. "We've played a lot of those this year. The atmosphere is definitely better at night. With it being the Alabama game it's going to be fun."

Brandon Cox is one of 17 Tiger seniors.

It hasn't been an easy season for the Tigers emotionally or physically. Losing four games in a season hasn't happened at Auburn since 2003. They Tigers also had 11 straight games without an off-week with six of those games coming down to the final minute.

"It wears on everybody," Cox explains. "Winning close games or losing close games, it doesn't matter. It's tough, it wears on people, and going and playing 11 in a row makes it even tougher. It's been a long season and it's good to finally get an off-week, relax and get ready for the biggest game of the year."

"It's been nice," he continues. "We're trying to get our legs back, but we've already started on Bama and working on some things. We put in a good bit of our game plan. We've been getting out there and not going too long, but getting a lot done."

Kickoff for the Iron Bowl is at 7 p.m. CST with television coverage on ESPN.


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