After suffering an ankle injury, Bryan Cox is fit and ready to get back to work on Saturday.
“It did hurt pretty bad," said the Florida defensive end. "I had an ankle [injury] and a little bit of tendinitis in my knee that were on the same leg so it kind of made it a little hard, but I’m good now.”
Florida will need a fit and ready Cox this weekend with Missouri coming to The Swamp. After leading the nation in sacks, the Gators defense fell down to seven in the country. After struggling against Tennessee in the second half and their lackluster performance against Vanderbilt, UF is looking to find its stride against the Tigers.
“This is obviously very important because it’s our next game," said the UF defensive lineman. "Whenever we have another game we focus on that and that only. So we’re just gonna come out and play Gator football.”
Missouri will provide a challenge to Jim McElwain's team, however. Mizzou's offense is eighth in the country in total passing yards, and play at a very high tempo.
“We just have to be more efficient in our pass rush lanes," said Cox. "A lot of people are starting to max protect more and do like two man routes and stuff like that. We just have to more proficient.”
With Missouri's fast-tempo offense, conditioning will be key for the Gators defense.
"The past couple of weeks, we haven’t really been doing really well in pass rush. Not so much not doing well, but we haven’t been getting to the quarterback and sacking him. So we have to put a big emphasis on that this weekend, pass-rushing efficiently.”
Odds and Ends
“He can play it all. He’s versatile. You know, he can play inside, outside. It doesn’t matter," he said. "He’s been doing a real good job for us, so I like how he plays.”
On Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone
“I mean if you ask me, I think they’re the best linebacker duo in the nation. So that says it all. That says enough for me," said Cox. “They can run and they’re smart, so they fit their gaps. They know where they’re supposed to be. They know where the ball’s at before it’s there. They just run.”
“I’m very impressed. He’s a freak. He’s going to be really good in the future, and he’s already good right now," Cox said. “He’s a guy who likes to learn. I mean, me being an older guy, I took him under my wing a little bit and taught him some things. He’s just very attentive and he likes to learn a lot, so that’s good.”