Auburn, Ala.-Quarterback Brandon Cox was named Most Valuable Player on offense for the 2005 Auburn spring football game, but the redshirt sophomore says he is a work in progress.
“I can improve my strength, my weight, everything,” Cox says. “I still have a way to go learning the offense, taking care of the mental part of the game. It takes time and experience to learn that.”
The six-foot-two quarterback started spring drills at 202 pounds and hopes to reach 215 for the Sept. 3 opener vs. Georgia Tech, which looks like will be the redshirt sophomore’s first college start. Last year’s starter, Jason Campbell, was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year, but has graduated.
In the first half of the A-Day game, Cox completed 11-17 passes for 212 yards. In the shortened second half, he only passed five times to finish the day with 226 passing yards as he hit 13-22 attempts.
“There were times when I missed a couple of receivers, but that is going to happen,” Cox says. “You just have to recover and make plays after that. Other than that, with the base plays we ran, there wasn’t too much to mess up. We had a good day. We moved the ball. We just have to learn to finish. We will work on that.”
Brandon Cox looks for an open receiver at the A-Day game.
With Cox running the first team offense, that group averaged 5.8 yards per play. However, there were no touchdowns in the A-Day game. All of the scoring came on three field goals by John Vaughn as Cox’s Blue team, featuring the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense, won the scrimmage 9-0 with a crowd listed at 35,006 watching at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“He has got a good arm,” head coach Tommy Tuberville says about Cox. “He is starting to be a lot more mobile than what he was at this time last year. He is starting to get out of the pocket where he is able to do some things--actually more than we thought we would be able to do with him before spring.
“He makes good decisions when he gets out of the pocket,” Tuberville adds. “He would rather stay inside the pocket and throw the ball. He is that type of quarterback, but for us to run our entire offense he is going to have to get outside the pocket to make big plays.”
The left-handed QB and the Tigers have two more practice dates before spring training 2005 is finished. The plans are for a practice on Tuesday followed by a scrimmage for half of the practice period on Wednesday.
Cox says he will get to work from a larger playbook in the final scrimmage than was the case with A-Day. “We weren’t going to do anything fancy running base plays,” Cox notes. “I am looking forward to Wednesday when we will hopefully put a lot more points up on the board.”