Lucas Cox, Thor Merrow learning from fullback master

 

 

 (The Georgia and Georgia Tech guys mixing it up at practice!) Atlanta Falcons fullback Lucas Cox, right, is covered by linebacker Akeem Dent during a passing drill at NFL football training camp Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(The Georgia and Georgia Tech guys mixing it up at practice!) Atlanta Falcons fullback Lucas Cox, right, is covered by linebacker Akeem Dent during a passing drill at NFL football training camp Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

 

 

UPDATE

Thor Merrow, the former Buford High standout, was waived Wednesday morning.

FLOWERY BRANCH — Fullback Lucas Cox, an undrafted rookie free agent from Georgia Tech, has played in both exhibition games, and starting fullback Ovie Mughelli has taken him under his wings.

“What a better mentor to have than a Pro Bowl fullback,” Cox said. “He helps break down the details of a play that you can’t quite go over in a meeting with seven or eight guys. He’s definitely a great mentor to have.”

Cox said he heard a few cheers during the home game against Miami.

“That was definitely nice,” Cox said. “I know I have a lot of people down here rooting for me.”

Cox and other NFL prospects were disappointed when Tech’s Pro Day was rained out in March, and the players had to work out indoors on a basketball court.

“We were running on a basketball floor and trying to catch passes through a basketball hoop,” Cox said. “We made it work. I’m here now.”

Cox and the rest of the Falcons’ rookies are trying to make an impression without the benefit of offseason work that was taken away because of the NFL lockout.

“Learning that playbook in two weeks before we played Miami was not easy,” Cox said. “You had to sit there and grind every day from 6 a.m. to midnight.”

Mughelli has helped Thor Merrow, too.

“The older players here are great,” Merrow said. “Ovie Mughelli has been probably the best thing for us in our meeting room. It’s great to learn under him.”

Merrow is the son of former Falcons defensive end Jeff Merrow who played with the team from 1975 to 1983 after being selected in the 11th round out of West Virginia.

“It’s going good,” said Merrow, who played at Buford High and North Alabama. “It’s great to be playing the game I love. It’s great to be out there every day.”

Rookie fullback Thor Merrow cuts around a cone. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Rookie fullback Thor Merrow cuts around a cone. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Merrow also played some defensive line, while in college. He wasn’t sure if he’d get invited to a camp.

“I was just hoping that somebody would give me a call,” Merrow said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to get an opportunity or not because I was a free agent. You were just playing the waiting game, especially after waiting for so long.”

His Dad didn’t give him a lot of advice before leaving for camp.

“Nothing much, just ‘work hard and don’t let a day pass without working hard,’ ” Merrow said. “It’s real tough.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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20 comments Add your comment

Marcus

August 24th, 2011
6:04 am

up early, eh? me, too.

Things not looking to good for my boy .. hasn’t sniffed PT in either game :(

Paddy

August 24th, 2011
6:22 am

Marcus….I would like to see your boy get some snaps in this next game. Does not look like he will get to show his talents as a kick/punt returner. The lockout really has hurt his chances.

SeenThisB4

August 24th, 2011
6:59 am

Fullbacks? They better be ST standouts, otherwise they’re just camp bodies.

Chris

August 24th, 2011
7:36 am

“Cox and other NFL prospects were disappointed when Tech’s Pro Day was rained out in March, and the players had to work out indoors on a basketball court.” Just another reason not to go to GT.

Falcon James

August 24th, 2011
7:39 am

Never though I would be agreeing whit SeenThisB4. Campbody is right

The Real Falcon

August 24th, 2011
8:19 am

Cox is the real deal!

collegeballfan

August 24th, 2011
8:32 am

“Just another reason not to go to GT.”

Except now they have the indoor practice facility unmatched anywhere in the southeast.

Tyrone Shulaces

August 24th, 2011
8:34 am

Can either of these guys play cornerback, nickel or safety?
If they can’t, the dome’s gonna have to invest in a basketball scoreboard

GT

August 24th, 2011
8:37 am

One thing about ACC fullbacks they can learn the playbook. There is an indoor facility at Tech now.

Yeahsure

August 24th, 2011
8:42 am

Hope Thor makes it to the PS just so we can have a Bear vs. Thor matchup.

CONservative Johnson

August 24th, 2011
10:31 am

So much for Thor, he just got cut . . .

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
11:14 am

CONservative Johnson — We beat the deadline! Wanted to do something on him before he was released.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
11:16 am

Yeahsure – That would be awesome. Thor was released this morning.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
11:17 am

GT — They went in the gym next to the aquatics center. I think they hold intramurals in there.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
11:18 am

collegaball fan – If want to call the intramural basketball courts with a track around them an “indoor facility” have at it!!!!

GT

August 24th, 2011
12:54 pm

Old Gold

August 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

Smooth move DLED not to know Georgia Tech just built a 9 million indoor facility. You should talk to Ken he will get you up to speed.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
4:35 pm

Old Gold — Thanks for the update. Now, do they get their ACC title trophy back?

Wait...what?

August 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

Hey Ledbetter, I think collegaball fan was referring to the brand new college football indoor facility covered extensively on the AJC (http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/lightning-sends-tech-indoors-1076897.html), but if you want to call it a intramural basketball court with a track around it then have at it!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
6:54 pm

wait. . .what — I was refering to where they held their Pro Day.