1. He was considered the No. 1 QB from the day Matthew Stafford turned pro. When last Georgia went into a season without a holdover quarterback, Mark Richt threw the competition open to four candidates, Cox among them
2. He has the respect of his mates in a way few quarterbacks — D.J. Shockley would be an exception — ever do. Asked after spring practice to name the team leader, 107 of 110 Bulldogs famously voted for Cox. The other three voted for Ralph Nader.
3. He seems, as A.J. Green has said, to have “the complete confidence” of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Three years ago, Joe Tereshinski III was considered just “a game manager.” The playbook seems more open now.
4. He has two hugely gifted receivers in Green and freshman Marlon Brown, which means every throw won’t have to be on the button.
5. He should be working behind a better offensive line than Stafford ever had. And if you don’t think a O-line can aid and abet a new quarterback, please consult Matt Ryan of Flowery Branch.
(Not to get all wishy-washy on you — too late, I fear — but here are 5 reasons Georgia should be concerned about Joe Cox. And, coming a bit later, I offer 5 reasons Matthew Stafford left Athens without a title.)