May 19, 2010

Cox hoping for another championship

When West Point (Miss.) made the decision to move Michael Carr back out to his natural wide receiver position last spring, they were not exactly sure what they would have at quarterback.

But that move allowed Justin Cox to move under center and helped lead the Green Wave to the Class 5A State Championship.

"It was fun," Cox said of the 2009 season. "We had Michael Carr and he's a good player, person and individual. It was a lot to take over the team and be the leader. It was good to have a shot last year and we won the championship."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder accounted for 1,869 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Cox completed 66-of-130 passing for 1,247 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while also picking up 622 yards on 122 carries and nine more scores on the ground.

Cox had a career night in the Green Wave's 41-21 North State title win over New Hope. He totaled 196 yards and four touchdowns on the night rushing seven times for 137 yards and three touchdowns and completing 5-of-7 passing for 59 yards and another score.

With the graduation of senior leaders like Carr and Curtis Virges, Cox is going to be counted on to become a leader for West Point.

"I'm trying to be a leader," Cox said. "The younger guys look up to me. It feels good to me to have somebody young looking up to you."

Winning a state title as a junior has only left Cox hungry for another in 2010.

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