November 22, 2011

Cox locked in on Egg Bowl

Many juniors with Fletcher Cox's talent might consider forgoing their senior year to pursue professional football.

The Mississippi State defensive tackle certainly has an NFL future head of him. But right now all Cox is focused on is finishing out the season strong and laying the groundwork for another strong year in Starkville in 2012.

The Bulldogs are one win shy of bowl eligibility and can extend their season this week with a win over instate rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. Cox never lost a battle for the golden egg since his arrival at MSU in 2009 and does not plan on that changing on Saturday.

"One thing we always talk about is not losing to this team," Cox said. "We always want to go out at the end of the season as Egg Bowl Champions and send the seniors out with a 'W'. (Losing) is not even in my thought process. As a Mississippi State football player we don't lose. It's one of the most important weeks of the season no matter if you are 0-11 or 11-0, this is the most important week."

Cox has started 10 games for the Bulldogs this season after being suspended for the season opener. He has recorded 44 tackles, 10.5 of which were for loss, leads the team with four sacks and returned a fumble 52-yards last week against Arkansas.

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