Cox Gets a Second Chance

ATHENS – Joe Cox swears he hasn't owned a working computer in 18 months. At times it might have been an inconvenience, but lately, he's been happy not to have it.

With Georgia's 4-4 start to the season and Cox's 12 interceptions to go along with the record, Cox hasn't had much interest in surfing the Internet to see what fans are saying about his performance.

"Anybody can get on that and talk about sports," Cox said. "That's like me going on WebMD and talking like I'm a doctor and telling these guys what they should be doing in hospitals. That's the least of my worries."

It's not that Cox doesn't understand the concerns of fans. He freely admits that he hasn't played well, and he said he would have understood if head coach Mark Richt had decided to bench him after last week's three-interception performance against Florida.

But being at the center of a sea of criticism is no easy task, and the only real option, he said, is to avoid it.

"When you have a bad game, and you go out to eat the following week, you feel like there might be people at the restaurant talking bad about you," he said. "It's tough. You never know how crazy it is until you're really in that position."

Rather than let his quarterback twist in the wind this week, Richt announced Monday that Cox would remain the starter, citing a unanimous vote among the coaches.

It hasn't been the senior year Cox had dreamed of, and the costs of being the starting quarterback at Georgia have been greater than even he expected, but he still wouldn't trade the job for anything.

"I definitely don't want to have the plug pulled on me and not play any more for the rest of the year. I have another chance and I want to make the best of it."


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