Joe Cox (American football)

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Joe Cox
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-27) November 27, 1986 (age 28)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
  • None
Career highlights and awards
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors (9/20/09)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors (9/21/09)
  •'s Quarterback Performance of the Week honors (9/20/09)
  • Coffee County Hustle Award (2009)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll and Director’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008)
  • Sporting News College Football Player of the Week (2006)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (2006 win over Colorado)
  • Outstanding Offensive Scout Team Player Award (2005)

Joe Cox (born November 27, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for four seasons at the University of Georgia, and was the team's starting quarterback for the 2009 season.[1]

Early years[edit]

Cox started at Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cox was named to the 2004 Parade Magazine All-America Team and Super Prep All-Mid Atlantic Team. He was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.[2] Cox was on the AP first-team All-State team and was a two-time Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year. He also played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and impressed scouts by going 31-0 as a starting quarterback. Cox was a two-time team captain and was the number 7 rated quarterback in the country by and Tom Lemming of ESPN. He set a North Carolina record with 66 touchdown passes while taking his team to its fifth consecutive state championship his senior year. Cox was named the MVP of the state title game twice. As a junior, Cox threw for nearly 4,000 yards and over 40 touchdowns. As a senior, he completed 240 out of 363 passes for over 4,500 yards and only five interceptions.[3]

College career[edit]


Cox was redshirted his freshman year in 2005. Through the first four years of his career at the University of Georgia, Cox had scattered playing time and completed 33 out of 58 pass attempts for 432 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.[3] As a redshirt freshman in 2006, with Georgia trailing Colorado 0-13 at home late in the third quarter, Cox was put in the game to relieve ineffective starter Matthew Stafford. Cox threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns late in the game to lead Georgia to a comeback win, 14–13.[4] Cox would start one more game in the season, in a 14-9 victory over Ole Miss, but eventually lost his starting job to the highly touted Stafford, who ended up being the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.


While Cox threw for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns and boasted a 146.4 quarterback rating in his first four games of the 2009 season, he did not perform as well in the next few games.[5] Georgia finished 8-5 on the season with Cox as the starter. In Georgia's 52-41 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville, Cox threw for a career high 375 yards and matched a school record with five touchdown passes. Against #1-ranked Florida, Cox completed 11-of-20 pass attempts for two touchdowns, which was as many as the Gators had allowed all season, but also threw three interceptions in the 17-41 loss. In his final game at Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs had a 14-point half-time lead. However, Cox threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. Along with a red-zone fumble (as Georgia was attempting to tie the game), these interceptions sealed a loss against Kentucky, Georgia's first home loss to the Wildcats since 1977. However, Cox was not asked to do much in the final regular season game against #7-ranked Georgia Tech. With Bulldog tailbacks Caleb King and Washaun Ealey combining for 349 rushing yards, Cox managed the game well, completing 8-of-14 passes for just 76 yards and a touchdown in Georgia's 30-24 victory.

Coaching career[edit]

In June 2013 Joe Cox joined the coaching staff [6] at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, NC, as the quarterbacks position coach. On December 14, 2013 the Mallard Creek team won its first state championship. In 2014 he became the Offensive Coordinator for Mallard Creek and led the Maverick offense to its second state title on December 13, 2014.


  1. ^ "Player Stats - Joe Cox - College Football -". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Joe Cox the New No. 1 Quarterback at Georgia". 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ 12:30 PM ET, September 23, 2006Sanford Stadium, ATHENS, GA (2006-09-23). "Colorado Buffaloes vs. Georgia Bulldogs - Box Score - September 23, 2006 - ESPN". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Joe Cox - College Football". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Assistant at Mallard Creek - High School Football". US News. Retrieved 2013-12-16.