Tampa Bay selects Torrie Cox

On Sunday, Torrie Cox became the second Pitt Panther to be taken in the 2003 NFL Draft when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 32nd pick of the 6th round. Torrie follows fellow Panther Gerald Hayes, who was taken by the Arizona Cardinals yesterday with the 6th pick of the third round.

Torrie ended his football career at Pitt as a Big East All-Conference cornerback selection with 75 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 passes defended his senior year. He'll be taking the solid coverage skills and run support that he always displayed in Pittsburgh to the professional level now.

Although Cox will be vying for a roster spot on a defending Super Bowl championship team that already has good depth at the secondary positions, he'll certainly be getting opportunities to win a spot on the kick return and special teams units. Over his junior and senior years, he averaged 48.6 yards on 54 kick returns.

Torrie will be playing football closer to his hometown of Miami now. That, plus the large contingent of native Western Pennsylvanians that reside in the Tampa Bay area should insure great support for him as he competes for a spot on the Buccaneer roster.


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