Cox eager to get to Athens

ATHENS – It's hard to imagine a redshirt freshman beating out two players with more experience for the starting position on a football team.

But Joe Cox doesn't seem to worry about how hard it might be.

"I hope to establish myself as the starting quarterback and win as many games as I can," said Cox.

The Charlotte native's high school resume does nothing to but reinforce the thinking that Cox could immediately jump into the 2006 starting quarterback competition with Joe Tereshinski III and Blake Barnes.

Neither Barnes nor Tereshinski had the high school credentials Cox had. In his time at Independence High Cox threw for more than 5,000 yards his senior year. That number, along with his astronomic 66 touchdowns led to Cox being named to the 2005 Parade All-American Football Team.

"I am not going to try to do anything I am not capable of doing," said Cox of his arrival in Athens. "I am just going to try to come in and develop a good work ethic on the practice field."

Cox will enroll in summer school. If his 1,140 on the SAT is any indication, he is ready for the academic rigors of college.

"I am going to go up there and try to do the best I can. I am going to enroll in summer school so I can go up there and get started," he said. Georgia typically starts its "passing" practice (without coaches) in the summer, and Cox does not want to miss that.

Cox joins school teammates Mario Raley and Mohamed Massaquoi in Athens in 2005. Cox, Massaquoi and defensive tackle Kade Weston give the Bulldogs three players on this year's 2005 Parade All-American team. Georgia's current total of three All-Americans is second behind only Ohio State's four for most of players on Parade's list.

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