The Mississippi State Bulldogs lost two big time cornerbacks to the NFL following last season in Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay, but they have an incoming player that they appear to be very excited about. According to the buzz out of the Bulldogs camp, East Mississippi Community College transfer Justin Cox could be one of the breakout stars in the Southeastern Conference this season.
Cox was a standout at the JUCO level and received attention from nearly every SEC school, so the fact that the 6-foot-3, 195 pound defensive back picked the Bulldogs could really help them on the field this season.
Privately, Bulldogs coaches carry a lot of excitement for what he will bring to the defense, and it’s no wonder. Over two years at EMCC, Cox amassed 11 interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Cox will be an unknown to opposing quarterbacks when the season begins, but don’t be surprised if they are throwing away from the West Point, Miss., native by midseason.
Cox has the ability to play both safety and cornerback, but the Bulldogs are expected to use him at cornerback to make up for their lost talent.
While he may have some work to do as he adjusts to the level of talent in the SEC, he could end up being a pleasant surprise in 2013 and he has the potential to attract the attention of NFL scouts.