July 26, 2009

Q&A with Joe Cox

SEC Media Days provided an opportunity for the league and national media to get to know Georgia quarterback Joe Cox for the first time.

Since he's been anointed as the starter for Matthew Stafford, there were certainly plenty of questions the various scribes wanted to ask.

Although he wasn't asked the same type of personal questions that were posed to Florida's Tim Tebow, there were plenty of subjects inquiring minds wanted to know.

The following is a sampling of what Cox had to say.

What's it been like becoming the leader of this team?

"I have stepped into my role as a leader of this team. I am right where I want to be. I've worked hard and a lot of guys look up to me and are ready and willing to follow me."

What's your leadership role versus Stafford's style of leadership?

"We are different types of leaders. I'm more vocal than Matthew as. That's not a good thing or a bad thing.. Mathew was a great leader, but the distinction is the team. I don't think he had enough help. This year a lot more guys have stepped up as leaders as well."

Is there pressure on being the starting quarterback?

"Obviously there's pressure. But it's not something I think about. The success of this team is not all on my shoulders. There are 10 other guys that get the job done as well. I won't carry the team. We'll work together. And that is where the success will come from - the team."

What do you say to people who say this will be a down year for Georgia?

"It's really brought our team together. With people telling you, 'You won't be as good' you turn around and use it on the field and in the lockerroom. When someone tells you 'You can't do something' it motivates you and you better yourself. We preached about that a lot this off-season."

What do you think about the competition between the backup quarterbacks?

"I think you always have to look over your shoulder. There's three strong guys behind me, but it only makes me work that much harder to keep my job. Competition can be a good thing."

Do you believe that Coach (Mark) Richt is on the hotseat after last year's mediocre season?

"I think it's a joke. With his history and a 10-win season, just the talk of it really bothers our team. When you also look at the things he does for the school off the field, there's no way you can let a guy go like that."

What do you think about the season-opener against Oklahoma State?

"They are a team deserving of their top-10 preseason rank. They will be the toughest opener Georgia has had in a while. They are good on both sides of the ball. We look forward to the challenge."

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