Cox: "We Want To Get Better Now"

Cox: "We Want To Get Better Now"

The Golden Eagles were back in action Monday afternoon. We caught up with James Cox after the work-out to find out about his growth as a receiver after plenty of playing time as a true freshman.

After playing a full season as a true freshman, there is no complacency with Eagle receiver James Cox.

In fact, it is just the opposite.

The rising sophomore is more hungry than ever to get Southern Miss back to where they belong as a football program.

"Its real simple, I just want to win now. Like Coach Monken always preaches to us, if we are not getting better now than we won't be in the fall," Cox told GoldenEaglePride.com.

"We want to get better now. We just want to approach every rep and every practice with a sense of urgency. If we do that, we'll be ready for the fall and ready to win games."

Other than a minor injury, things are really progressing nicely for the rising sophomore.

"Spring is going pretty good, I'm a little dinged up with a sprained MCL but overall I'm feeling good," he said. We have a positive attitude going right now."

"The focus today was really about the mental aspect. We've been handling the physical part and getting on our routes.

"Right now it was about seeing the defense and knowing where the safety was. I felt like today was very productive."

Cox earned a lot of playing time as a true freshman, and made the most of it gaining valuable experience.

It has gone a long way in how he feels coming into this season.

"It feels a whole lot slower and the game has just slowed down for me," Cox said.

"Coming in last year that was my thought, the game is just so fast. I attribute a lot to Coach Smith and his helping me in conditioning and getting stronger out there on the field.

"Mentally I'm not thinking as much and just out there playing this season."

It is not just the mental aspect, however, of Cox's game that is so different this season.

"I gained about six pounds of muscle but I was a little to big and couldn't quite run with it like I wanted," he said.

"I actually had to lose a few pounds to get to the speed I wanted to be. But I feel great and in the best shape I've been in in a long time."

The Eagles return to the practice field Wednesday as they head toward the spring scrimmage Saturday, April 19th.

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