Demarco Cox is the latest college basketball player to give the NFL a try.
The Indianapolis Colts signed the undrafted free agent Thursday and will see how the 6-8, 294-pound Cox does at offensive tackle.
He last played football in high school at Yazoo City (Miss.), and received football scholarship offers from SEC and Big 10 universities. He played guard and tackle and was rated the No. 58 tackle in the nation by Scout and No. 54 by ESPN.com.
Cox spent four years at Mississippi, starting 29 of 102 basketball games and averaging 3 points and 2.8 rebounds. As a fifth-year graduate, he transferred to Georgia Tech for this past season and started all but one game, averaged 8.8 points and 6 rebounds per game. He led the team in blocked shots with 28 and finished second in field goal percentage at 50.7.
The Colts, like other NFL teams, have a history of giving opportunities to basketball players. Undrafted tight end Erik Swoope spent his rookie year on the Colts’ practice squad this past season after playing college hoops at Miami (Fla.).
Some of the more familiar pro talents who also had a hoops background include Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas and Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers.
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