One of the big reasons why is their ground game. Last season, running back Jamar Shelton gained all of the pub for the success from their running attack, but the hogs up front must not be forgotten.
And the main cog that stirred the engine for the
Greenwave's line is not your biggest fellow in the world (6' 2 1/2", 255),
but he is their most explosive.
"I think my quickness and explosion
offset my size. I know I do not have the size to hang with the big boys, but I
have the quickness and explosion to do what I have to d. And there are not too
many people who can pull like I can," added Quartney Cox.
had 34 pancake blocks his junior season at the offensive tackle position.
did alright. I could have done better personally. I did better than any season
before. I played my main position and got a lot of post season awards."
was named to the Tupelo Journal's All-Area team and was named 2nd Team
All-State in Class 4A for his play on the field.
Although Cox considers
offensive tackle as his "main position" he realizes that another spot
will be waiting on him for the next level.
"I will play offensive
guard. I am real good at pull blocking, and I am not tall or big enough to play
on the edge, so they like me at guard."
Who are the main colleges
that are looking at Quartney?
"The main ones are MSU, Ole Miss, and
Auburn. They are recruiting me the hardest. MSU has offered me a scholarship,
and I went to Ole Miss' Jr Day last Saturday. I plan on attending MSU and AU's
Jr Days too."
How did the Ole Miss visit go?
what I seen. I got to meet a lot of prospects from around here. It was fun seeing
all of the guys. It made my interest go up with Ole Miss. I will put it like that."
did Cox enjoy the most during his trip?
"The concern they put towards
education and the concern for us to graduate. When they put us with our position
coaches; I saw they ran their offense like we do. That is what I really liked
The coaches also stood out for Quartney.
I spoke with Coaches Wilson, Orgeron, and Kehoe. All three of them are like my
coaches down here. They are real into it and all of that. They keep you hyped
Was this Quartney's first trip to Ole Miss?
in a jamboree up here last summer, and I have been up there a few times with a
friend of mine, but I had never toured the facilities or anything. That is what
surprised me the most, was how big everything is around here."
was Cox focusing on when he went on the visit and what did he learn?
was looking at their coaches, campus, and education. I wanted to see the genral
atmosphere and what the coaches are like. I also wanted to check out the students
outside of the football program. Really, the football program was the last thing
on my mind. I learned that the atmosphere is down to earth. The students there
are real laid back. I could relate to them about the stories they told me because
one of my boys (Thomas Eckers) goes there. He takes me up there sometimes. I like
it. Thomas has pretty much told me how it is up there, and he told me he would
take me under his wings if I went to school there. The coaches, like I said, are
very enthusiastic. They talk football like we do down here, but they stress education
a lot too. I liked that. The campus, I loved the campus. It is the prettiest campus
I have seen so far.. Hopefully during the visit process, I will get to see a lot
more. But their campus is not too big or too small. It is just what I need, just
what I am looking for."
What are MSU's positives?
fact that they offered me a scholarship, and I probably would have to say their
education too. They graduate a lot of their players, and they try hard to compete
in the SEC. They might not win a lot, but they give it their all. That is all
you can ask for, 100%, and that is what you are going to get out of MSU. That
is what stands out the most to me."
not been to their campus, but I plan to go to their Jr Day on March 17th. They
compete in the SEC. I like that. I plan on going to see what it is all about.
I do not know much yet, other than they compete and win in the SEC."
claims a 2.7 Core GPA / 21 ACT.
West Point (MS) High School junior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Quartney Cox (6-2.5, 275) is…