Perrish Cox Will Not Play Against Ole Miss

ARLINGTON, Texas - The job of the Oklahoma State defense got a little tougher on Friday when Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy announced that cornerback Perrish Cox was suspended and would not play in Saturday's Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss. The senior was sent home to Waco, Texas on Friday and will not be with the team for Saturday's bowl game.

Cox wrote on his Facebook page: "I'm officially not playing in the bowl game."

Cox, a senior, will miss his final game with OSU after starting at cornerback for 36 games the past four seasons, including 11 of 12 this past season (missing only the Grambling State game with an injury).

Redshirt freshman Brodrick Brown (5-8, 180) from Houston is expected to replace Cox in the starting lineup. Brown will be making his first ever start. He appeared in six games in a backup role this past season with four tackles.

The loss of Cox happens at a position where the Cowboys are already thin because of backup cornerback Andrew McGee's serious neck injury in the regular season finale against Oklahoma. With McGee unable to play and Cox's suspension, that means that Brown is expected to start with senior Maurice Gray and true freshman Andrae May providing support. Starting strong safety Markelle Martin also could be used at corner in an emergency.

Senior Terrance Anderson has started opposite of Cox at the other cornerback position in all 12 games this season, and will start at the other corner position against Ole Miss.

The loss of Cox leaves a huge void at cornerback (he led the nation this past season with 1.73 passes defended per game) but hurts the Cowboys just as much on special teams. He averaged 20.9 yards per kickoff return and 10.4 yards on punt returns.

Johnny Thomas (two kickoff returns for 33 yards) and Isaiah Anderson (no returns this season) are expected to handle the return game for the Cowboys against Ole Miss.

Cox reportedly was sent home Friday morning after breaking curfew twice this week.

Cox had been praised by Gundy and the OSU coaching staff throughout the 2009 season for his leadership, both on and off the field, and his maturity as a person in the last 12 months.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Cox was expected to draw the assignment of 6-foot-2 Shay Hodges of Ole Miss, who caught a team-best 63 passes for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games for the Rebels.

Now three Cowboys who have never started a college game (Brown, Gray and May) will be asked to play a critical role as they attempt to win 10 games for the first time since the 1988 season.

Kickoff for Saturday's game nationally televised game (Fox Sports) is scheduled for 1 p.m. (Central time).

GoPokes Top Stories