August 13, 2009

Cox says his shoulder is just fine

Quarterback Joe Cox sat down in the steel frame chair on the second-floor patio at the Butts-Mehre Building, his shoulder wrapped in ice.

That wasn't a picture he wanted the assembled reporters to see.

Recent media reports have suggested that the fifth-year senior has been dealing with a tired arm, but Cox quickly brushed off that notion following practice Thursday, claiming the ice was just part of his everyday routine.

"I ice it every day after I throw, it's just a precautionary thing," Cox said. "I was just hoping I wouldn't be on camera."

Cox also dismissed the notion that he threw too many balls during the summer, or his current workout routine had done anything to tax his right arm.

"During the summer we only threw twice a week so that wasn't something I had to concern myself with," Cox said. "We pace ourselves during camp because Coach (Mike) Bobo and the athletic trainers make sure we get in and get iced every day when we throw. After we throw and before we throw we get our arms stretched and other things done to prevent injuries. They (trainers) do a lot of things to keep us from getting hurt."

From a statistical standpoint, Cox would seem to have enjoyed a solid start during Wednesday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

Cox completed 9 of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a swing pass to running back Richard Samuel who converted the play into a 70-yard catch-and-run for a score.

"Personally, I think I did well. The main thing I worry about is making sure I keep the offense in good position and make good decisions with the ball," he said. "There are a lot of things we still need to do as an offense from looking at the film that we are going to have to get corrected, but overall I think I did a good job of managing the game and being smart with the ball."

Cox also had warm words for freshman tight end Orson Charles, who caught three passes for 55 yards and two scores.

"I think he's going to really be an asset," Cox said. "He's still one of those guys who need some help outside the huddle with what's going on certain pass plays, but he's a quick learner and studying as much as he can. He's definitely going to be a big part of our offense."

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