Small Town Cox Ready for Big Ten Big Time

Lucas Cox made his way to Iowa from a small school in Pennsylvania called Springdale. However, unlike many early reports during his recruiting process, it was not Springdale Mennonite. Cox talks about that funny aspect of recruiting, as well as some of his early impressions of Iowa...

High School honors: Second team all-state and first team all-conference as a senior . . . was a second team all-conference selection as a junior . . . Career: Ended prep career with 147 tackles and 11 quarterback sacks . . . recorded 59 tackles, 3 1/2 quarterback sacks, six quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries as a senior . . . helped lead his Springdale team to a 10-4 record and a state semi-final appearance in 2003 . . . also had 10 receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Cox wants to major in Elementary Education.

Lucas, you are from Springdale High School in Pennsylvania, not ‘Mennonite'. What was up with all of that?

I had seen some stuff on the net and in magazines and wondered if someone was playing a joke. My dad came home one day and said ‘Springdale Mennonite'? So no, it's just Springdale High School.

How long have you been in Iowa City?

I came here the first week in July, so I have been out here for three or four weeks.

Tell me about your experiences with Coach Doyle so far.

I love it, I love it. When I took my official visit out here that was one of the things I was most impressed with. He is a pro, and he has great knowledge of strength and conditioning. An important thing for me during the recruiting process was that I knew I would be spending as much time, if not more, with the strength coach as I would with the position coaches. I realized that he would be great for me.

Tell me a few things about those workouts now that you are here.

We are in there to work. I like that. That is the way that I am. I look at the weight room as it is all business, and that is like him.

Have you gotten familiar with Iowa's football history?

I am familiar with Coach Ferentz's history here at Iowa, that he was here back in the 1980's. Actually, the first Iowa game I watched was their bowl game against Florida, but that was when I was getting recruited. I have not been to a game at Iowa, other than the spring game.

What position are you going to start out at?

I have been told defensive end for right now, and I am happy with that. Working with Coach Aiken has been really good. Ken O'Keefe recruited me, so I guess he gets the Pennsylvania guys.

Tell us what you are anticipating feeling the first time you run out in front of a packed Kinnick Stadium?

I can't imagine how the games will be here. When I was in high school early on, we hardly had anyone come to our games. This year, we played in a championship game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and we had about 7,000 people there. Our hometown cleared out. So I can't imagine how its going to be here.

In one word, describe your approach to football.

Toughness. You have to be tough. You have to have tough guys around you. We have not put the pads on yet, but I can tell you there are a lot of tough guys here.

Who stands out as being tough on this team, in your limited time here?

I don't know if I should single anyone out, but Matt Roth is pretty darn tough.

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