Although sophomore Matthew Stafford is the Bulldogs unquestioned starter, sophomore Joe Cox probably will play on a regular basis this year, Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.
“We’re not promising him anything, but the way he’s been performing, yeah that’s what I see happening,” Richt said. “Game situations could always dictate something different, but we’re not afraid to play Joe Cox at all.”
Cox played in four games last year and started one before Stafford won the starting job for good. He finised 17-of-28 for 225 yards and one touchdown. He came into fall camp hoping toprove he could be a capable backup and was thrilled to hear he’s done that and more, he said.
“It just shows that the hard work is paying off,” he said. “No matter what the situation, I’m going to be ready for it. I’m not expecting a certain amount. I’m not going to be mad if I don’t get a certain amount. The main thing that makes me feel good is I know they feel comfortable putting me in the game.”
The thought of Cox playing doesn’t bother Stafford, Stafford said.
“Whatever they want to do,” he said. “I’m not going to have a say in it. He’s had a great camp. I’m happy for him.”