Bulldog Bites: A pat on the back for Joe Cox

Joe Cox gets a visit from another Dawg during warm-ups. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Joe Cox gets a visit from another Dawg during warm-ups. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Quarterback Joe Cox hasn’t gotten a lot of kind words from fans or sportswriters in the second half of the season, but David Hale of Bulldogs Blog, who covers the Bulldogs for the Macon and Columbus papers, hopes that Georgia fans will be enthusiastic on Saturday when Cox is introduced during Senior Day festivities.

“No, he’s not the best quarterback who has ever played at Georgia,” Hale writes. “And yes, he’s made some bad (and dumb) throws this season. … But that kid loves Georgia, and he’s done a heck of a job of keeping his young teammates’ heads in the right places and has led five big comebacks already this season. A lot of what we were told about Cox was probably overstated, but his leadership was not. He’s going to be a heck of a coach one day.”

I think Hale is right on the mark. The drop-off from Matthew Stafford to Cox was quite severe and Cox didn’t prove to be the pinpoint passer that Mark Richt had advertised in the preseason. But judging him as a fifth-year senior really isn’t fair when in terms of playing time he was more like a freshman. Thus, the freshman-like mistakes.

That, as I’ve said before, is on the coaches for not getting him more playing time behind Stafford. (Likewise, whoever next season’s starter ends up being will have the same handicap.)

Cox on the bench in Jacksonville. (Associated Press)

Cox on the bench in Jacksonville. (Associated Press)

But Cox has been a loyal Dog, sticking around as a bench player when he could have gone elsewhere and started, and his penchant for throwing interceptions much of the season has overshadowed the fact that he’s a big reason this team has proved as resilient as it has in coming from behind.

I still can’t get out of my head that sad photo of a dejected Cox after he’d been pulled from the Florida game.

I hope he gets a standing ovation during Senior Day. He’s earned it.

ANOTHER SENIOR MOMENT

About Them Dawgs! recalls another special Senior Day back in 2002 when David Jacobs, whose playing career was cut short by a stroke, rejoined his teammates in uniform as the last of the day’s seniors to run out on the field, his arms raised and his helmet held overhead.

Recalls blogger Patrick Garbin: “As the crowd cheered, many with tears in their eyes, Jacobs sprinted into the arms of his awaiting grandparents — an everlasting memory from a memorable 2002 season.”

Moments like that are what make college football special.

“SECOND CHANCE” VEAZEY

The Web site set up to chronicle injured Georgia baseball player Chance Veazey’s rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta notes that when some of his teammates visited him this weekend, they sported new tattoos on their biceps that said: “Second Chance.”

The entire UGA athletics community has rallied around Veazey, who had to undergo back surgery after a motor vehicle accident in Athens. The football Dogs wore baseball stickers sporting his initials on their helmets during the Auburn game, and when former Diamond Dog Gordon Beckham, the American League rookie of the year, was introduced on the field, he was wearing one of the “Team Veazey” T-shirts that Chance’s family had provided for about 1,000 UGA students at the game.

A fund to help offset Veazey’s medical expenses has been set up through Athens First Bank and Trust Co. Donations may be sent to AFB&T, Attention: Phil Bettendorf, Senior Vice President, P.O. Box 1747, Athens, GA 30603. Donations also can be dropped off at any AFB&T location.

67 comments Add your comment

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
1:59 pm

Joe will get a huge cheer.

Cuz

November 16th, 2009
2:00 pm

Some will cheer for his commitment to the Dawgs, others because it is his last home game. Count me in the former. Say what you want about his skills, Joe has never wavered in his commitment to UGA.

All Liquored Up

November 16th, 2009
2:05 pm

Cox isn’t the one to blame. Look at Mcelroy at Bama, he was in the same situation. Just fortunate enough to have a defense and O-line on his side.

St. Simons

November 16th, 2009
2:05 pm

2008 Chick-fil-A LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28
2006 Gator West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2005 Emerald Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10

Saint Simons

November 16th, 2009
2:06 pm

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The D

November 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

Don’t worry Joe will get a standing O!

DBalcer

November 16th, 2009
2:17 pm

I will be cheering for Joe and all of our seniors. I think some fans need to get a grip and realize that everyone isn’t watching our every move at work and jeering when we mess up. These are young men and they deserve support. Proud to be a DAWG.

FalconUGAFan

November 16th, 2009
2:20 pm

Thank you! The man deserves our thanks. The season hasn’t gone the way we OR he expected but he is fighting every second out there. For us. I’m up in DC but I sure hope the Dawgs do right by him on Senior Day!

Dawg Man

November 16th, 2009
2:27 pm

Gotta remember he is still a college player. He’s not gettin paid to but his body on the line every sat knowing this is the end for him. Joe deserves a standing ovation. A lot of hardwork from that young man!!! He’s a damn good dawg!!! Thanks Joe!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Nation

November 16th, 2009
2:28 pm

All the seniors deserve standing ovations!!!! Thanks for being DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

SadDawg

November 16th, 2009
2:35 pm

Cox is a good kid, except when preaching do’s and don’ts to UGA fans, but where exactly would he have gone and started?

Chris

November 16th, 2009
2:37 pm

Joe will get applause like all of those other dedicated young men. The boos from the crowd were directed at the coaching staff. Thanks Joe and to all the other seniors for your hard work.

Dawg Fud

November 16th, 2009
2:43 pm

re: Veazey fund – checks should be made payable to…?

ratdawg

November 16th, 2009
2:47 pm

I have believed in Joe all along. He has thrown in double coverage more than we would like, which may have something to do with his fearless personality. I would like to point out that our players have to overcome our coaching deficiencies to win games. Bobo calls passing plays in running situations and running plays on 3rd and long week in and week out. Saturday night in 2nd qtr after the pooch punt we run twice for 11 yards to the 15 with 6 or so minutes to go in half down a touchdown when Bobo calls for a pass and Cox gets sacked in the shadow of the goal line (on 1st down!!!!). I can’t help but think back to Tubbervilles’s statement that Richt would learn you have to be able to run the ball in this league. I would love to see GA commit to the running game these last 2 and games pass when your forced to in down and distance situations. Anyone else pulling their hair out watching our coaches put our team in horrible situations?

Saint Simons

November 16th, 2009
2:48 pm

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Mark Olsen

November 16th, 2009
2:54 pm

Move to Sea Island poor ass.

Barak

November 16th, 2009
2:55 pm

Joe is the “real” deal……..Get ready for the NFL young man. You will be a starter next year for some team. Whoa…..guess I did find some of Clinton’s “stuff” here in the Oval Office after all.

Kyle

November 16th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thanks for the article. I know I have been frustrated this season like most everyone but this is still my team and he is still our QB. I for one will stand for Joe Cox when he comes on the field. The season didnt turnout like we had all hoped but no one can deny Joe’s commitment to UGA- that is ALOT MORE THAN I CAN SAY FOR STAFFORD. He might have been the better QB but he was NO leader and could have cared less about UGA. All he cared about was the NFL. Hopefully he will be a flop in Detroit like he was a UGA. The one we really miss this year is Knowshon.

Saint Simons

November 16th, 2009
3:00 pm

Who does uga want to play in Carpets of Dalton bowl? Troy or Charleston Southern?

FalconUGAFan

November 16th, 2009
3:06 pm

Can’t you people show any class at all? This article is about a young man’s commitment, not about a particular team.

Mikey

November 16th, 2009
3:18 pm

SS, I would worry first about UGA in 2 weeks, then Clemson in the ACCCG in Tampa( which will NOT sell out).
If GT is fortunate enough to beat the Tigers then they go to Miami for the Orange bowl and Tech fans will not fill up their side of the stadium in that one either.

Tech….the team that no one follows anywhere……

L-Dawg

November 16th, 2009
3:19 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE GEORGIA!!!!

GORDON BECKHAM IS NOT THE AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. IT WAS AWARDED TODAY TO ANDREW BAILY, CLOSER FOR THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS. I FORGET WHAT ORGANIZATION DECLARED BECKHAM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, WHICH HE WAS HONORED FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT SANFORD, BUT IT WAS NOT THE OFFICIAL MLB ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091115&content_id=7669396&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

UGA > AUBURN!!!

Denver Dog

November 16th, 2009
3:23 pm

Is Cox still undefeated as a QB? Just wondering. Go Wildcats!

Dalton Dave

November 16th, 2009
3:24 pm

UGA-GT to be televised nationally on ABC at 8PM, that won’t help UGA recruiting sorry to say.

Fairburn Dawg

November 16th, 2009
3:25 pm

Joe has likely done his best, which certainly hasn’t been phenomenal, but give the kid his dues on Saturday.

kirk

November 16th, 2009
3:27 pm

Go Joe Go! Still time to salvage the season by beating Kentucky and doing a number on GT

Barak

November 16th, 2009
3:28 pm

Joe is the “real” deal……..Get ready for the NFL young man. You will be a starter next year for some team. Whoa…..guess I did find some of Clinton’s “stuff” here in the Oval Office after all.

Loula dawg

November 16th, 2009
3:29 pm

This season’s problems and there have been many are not all the fault of Joe Cox. He’s done well for himself, perfect, hardly, but the kid is passionate, actually see more passion on his face and in his comments than I do with Coach Richt.

Ocala Dawg

November 16th, 2009
3:30 pm

tough game coming up with no rambo or AJ, if dawgs can win it, they’ll have some mo for the GT game, if not, the tech game could be UGLY

Poor Puppies

November 16th, 2009
3:31 pm

Looking more like two L’s to end the regular season, losses to Kentucky and Tech, not a banner year for the always hyped, overrated dawgs.

oldschooldog

November 16th, 2009
3:33 pm

They all get, and deserve, cheers on Senior Day. Some are cheered louder than others because we know them better. But they all had options and said “yes” when WE ASKED THEM to come to Georgia. You’ll always be Bulldogs!

Mark

November 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

Joe and his senior teammates all deserve our appreciation. They continue to support each other and fight each and every week. If they put that same dedication into life after college, they will be successful, regardless of what they do. Its a shame Joe is a senior because I would love to see what he would do with a year’s experience. For that same reason, I want to see some of Gray over the next two weeks.

kendawg

November 16th, 2009
3:39 pm

8pm kickoff, gotta love it. Dawgs are 4-0 at night this year, 2-4 in the afternoon. 8-4 and headed to Tampa. A much better outlook than 3 weeks ago!

PatontheBack?

November 16th, 2009
3:42 pm

Good Lord, while I don’t think people should be mean-spirited, I don’t see any reason UGA fans should give Joe Cox a pat on the back. Winning a game or 2 during the season is sort of expected.

But since the coaches should know when they need to bring up a new quarterback, the fact that Joe Cox got the job this year says a lot more about the mediocrity of the UGA coaches – recruiting and coaching – than it does for Joe Cox’s ability. Mind you, these 2 things together create a very low bar.

LoyalDawg

November 16th, 2009
3:49 pm

The defense has not helped Joe. How many short fields has he had this season? Most quarterbacks get at least a few turnovers from their defense to make the job easier. Also, the fact that our defense has not been able to stop anyone has put pressure on Cox. I’m not saying he’s a great quarterback, but his job could have been made easier by even an average defense.

kauai dawg

November 16th, 2009
3:57 pm

I see Cox in the same light as Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart. A great coach one day. He has endured some adversity that should serve him well.

Will he replace Bobo?

Cox has given his heart and soul to the Dawgs and we are proud of him! Go DAWGS!

BravesAreDone

November 16th, 2009
3:57 pm

Cox hasn’t been great, but he has tried his absolute hardest with the talent and skill level he was given. His commitment to Georgia has been outstanding, and he certainly will receive a standing ovation!!

Denver Dog

November 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

Dateline Knoxvilee, Lane Kiffin today frantically tried to schedule a Dec 5th game in Ann Arbor Mich so the entire team could get a taste of “the big house”

Denver Dog

November 16th, 2009
4:05 pm

Glad to see the Techies stealing my moniker again! Thanks for the flattery yellow backs, but you shams don’t fool anyone except maybe the building inspectors of that parking gargage that fell in last summer.

Joe Cox is a great young man and a fine player. He and all of the seniors deserve the pat on the back that we can all give them.

Denver Dog

November 16th, 2009
4:09 pm

It is amazing how many Tech jackaloons are makin entries on a UGA blog!

Burdell

November 16th, 2009
4:19 pm

Right Kendawg…those afternoon games are killers!

20 in a row

November 16th, 2009
4:31 pm

Good job Joe, where are you watching the SEC Title Game buddy?

Kendawg

November 16th, 2009
4:39 pm

UGA will be lucky to be 7-5. You aren’t gonna beat Tech, so might wanna wake up to reality.

UGA FOOTBALL PARENT

November 16th, 2009
4:45 pm

It is good to see some positive comments on here for a change – Joe Cox and the entire senior class deserve our respect and appreciation for the hard work and dedication as UGA STUDENT-ATHLETES.
They work very hard to be both!

Mr. 2-14 !!!!

November 16th, 2009
4:56 pm

Well @ least Mr. Joe Cox is waaaaaay better than Mr. 1-13 BB !!!!!! He will b a Fine Coach someday.

Dave In Tampa

November 16th, 2009
4:56 pm

Yes, Joe has made some poor decisions, but you know that you are getting his best everytime he steps out onto that field. Think about it. He really has not played in four years. How tough is that not to play for 4 years then on year 5 he is suppose to win 10+ games. That’s a tall order. I sure hope their are no “Boo Birds” in Athens on Saturday because this man deserve a standin O.

Not ready to think about Tech yet. We need UK 1st.

Erika in Swainsboro

November 16th, 2009
5:06 pm

If every 1A quarterback was rated side by side, Joe Cox would rank about 95th. Why do we even have to hear this bozo’s name?

It’s hardly a secret that a year from now, he’ll be a night fry cook at Waffle House, where the owner – a Tech alumnus – takes pity on UGAyers and gives them jobs that require minimal skills or intelligence.

Lee Havry Oswald

November 16th, 2009
5:17 pm

Can I play for Tennessee

Son of Bonnie and Clyde Barrow

November 16th, 2009
5:17 pm

Lane Kiffin is my idol!

Just n Smileyer

November 16th, 2009
5:18 pm

Way to go Nukesse, keep the tradition at UT alive.