Coming out of powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Bryan Cox wasn’t exactly thrilled to redshirt as a freshman, but the time off probably did him good. As a redshirt freshman he didn’t see a lot of playing time either and his attitude was rough at times.
That attitude was stifled in the spring leading up to his sophomore year and although he had a slow start in his first three games, Cox had a three sack, five tackle performance in game four against Tennessee. That was the kind of game the team needed from him and he seemed to play better for the rest of the year.
Totaling four sacks and 29 tackles as the strong side defensive end, Cox solidified himself among the top players on a defense that would finish top ten nationally.
As a junior things could be different. Jonathan Bullard looks to spend more time outside than he did a year ago, and that could mean that Cox sees less time, or oit could mean that Cox shuffles a little as well. Known as a good pass rusher and linebacker in high school, we could see Cox line up on the weak side in certain situations as a junior.
He will have to get over the hip surgery he had that did keep him out of spring drills, and that certainly put him a little behind the eight ball in terms of getting lots of playing time early in the season.
However, the prognosis is a good for a healthy return and it will just be a matter of learning any of the new defenses and getting back an familiar with the teammates that line up next to him.
We look forward to seeing the 6-foot-3, 261 pound Cox and his #94 jersey on opening day in The Swamp on Sept. 5.