Big 12: Shay Hodge

OSU's Cox preparing for old friends Snead, McCluster

December, 28, 2009
12/28/09
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Oklahoma State All-America cornerback Perrish Cox will get the opportunity to renew an old acquaintance later this week at the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Cox is very familiar with Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead. Cox and Snead were roommates at the 2006 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

"I've kind of got a good relationship with him," Cox said. "I asked him to throw me a couple (of interceptions), but I don't know if that's going to work out."

Snead will challenge the Cowboys with speedy receiver Dexter McCluster in Saturday's game as his primary offensive weapon.

"A guy his size (5-foot-8, 165 pounds), you really don't want to let him get outside with his speed," Cox said. "You want to try to contain him and keep him to the inside."

McCluster and SEC receiving leader Shay Hodge have combined for 102 receptions this season. The Mississippi duo ranks only behind Florida's Aaron Hernandez and Riley Cooper, who produced 103 catches this season.

But he's been more proficient as a rusher, where McCluster gained a team-best 985 rushing yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. He also snagged 39 receptions for 475 yards.

"Our defense has said great things about him, and obviously some of the tape that I’ve watched he’s been very impressive. He’s got great speed and a great ability to make you miss," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "There’s concerns there, there’s no question. He’s very, very talented. Our guys are looking forward to the challenge of corralling him.”

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