October 2, 2009

Cox growing into a force at defensive tackle

Many believed that 6-foot-4, 240-pound four-star defensive end Fletcher Cox was going to be an answer for Mississippi State's pass rush off the end.

But little did they know that Cox would report to school in June weighing in at 253-pounds and has now packed on 27 more pounds since tipping the scales at 280 and stuffing the run for the Bulldogs as a second string defensive tackle.

"A lot of people said they didn't think I would be a d-tackle but I kind of knew myself that I had the frame to weigh at least 280 or 290," Cox said. "I'm weighing in at 280 right now but whatever I weigh I'm willing to play whatever position they want me at."

Cox began training camp at 275-pounds and quickly found his way into the rotation on the defensive line. He is a backup to Charles Burns at right defensive tackle.

"I knew in my heart that I could come out and play hard and help us win," Cox said. "I had no idea I was going to go out and play as many reps as I've played."

Cox has played in all four games for the Bulldogs making eight tackles (five solo, three assists) including two tackles for loss and one sack.

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