One thing you’ve got to say about Joe Cox – he’s more open about discussing what he brings to the table than any other quarterback of the Mark Richt era that I can recall.
As Georgia’s starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford developed a reputation for possessing a powerful arm and an ability make all the throws.
Joe Cox, in line to succeed Stafford this fall, just wants his throws to be on target.
“That’s always been something that I’ve had to pride myself on because I don’t have the strongest arm and I’m not a scrambler,” Cox said.
“Perrilloux has one of the craziest, strongest arms I’ve ever seen,” Cox said. “I’ve always had to work on my accuracy. That’s how I get by. I’ve got to be accurate, quick with my footwork and quick with my decisions and be on time.”
Mike Bobo describes the trade off from Stafford to Cox and what he hopes for this season.
“Matthew obviously has a bigger arm, but I think and hope off of production in practice and stuff like that, (Joe) might be more accurate and complete more passes,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We may not have the bigger plays downfield with a big arm on a skinny post, but I think he’s capable of doing that. I just think he’ll complete a higher percentage. That’ll be my guess right now.”
Don’t forget that Stafford completed almost sixty-two percent of his attempts last year. As I pointed out in another post, that was the highest completion percentage for a season of any Georgia quarterback who played under Richt. According to georgiadogs.com, that’s the fourth best number of all time for the school.
Here are the top three:
- Mike Bobo, 65.03% (1997)
- Eric Zeier, 63,29% (1993)
- Hines Ward, 61.61%, (1995)
(As an aside – God, I love Hines Ward.)
For some context, Bobo’s figure would have ranked seventeenth last year nationally. (Stafford finished 37th.) The point here being that a high completion percentage has never been that key a component of the passing attack in Athens. Should we expect some changes in the offensive scheme if it’s now coming into significance?
And don’t forget that while accuracy has its place, it’s not the be-all and end-all of a passing attack. After all, as Weiszer notes “Cox wasn’t named most accurate passer at that Elite 11 camp. That went to Jake Christensen, who played for Iowa.”
That would be this Jake Christensen. Let’s hope things turn out a lot better for Joe Cox.