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Cox is ready to lead Dawgs after Stafford

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Cox at SEC Media Days, Hoover, AL Cox at SEC Media Days, Hoover, AL
(Source: UGA Athletics, Steve Colquitt) (Source: UGA Athletics, Steve Colquitt)

By Robert Hydrick - bio | email 

HOOVER, AL (WALB) -  Georgia players say Joe Cox has stepped up to his role as leader of the Bulldog football team since the day that Matthew Stafford announced he was leaving early for the NFL.

Cox may be a fifth year senior but he still faces the pressure of being compared to his predecessor, who of course was the first player taken in the NFL draft.

It is hard to believe but Joe Cox has been in this situation before.

Cox replaced Chris Leak at quarterback at Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and no one thought he could follow the Florida Gator's footsteps but he did.

"That actually got me prepared a little bit for this," said Cox. "People are already saying we are not going to be as good without Matthew. At least I know how to handle it and know what kind of attitude to have going into to it."

Georgia will start practice on August 3rd. The season opener is September 5th at Oklahoma State, in Stillwater.

 

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