Friday, January 1, 2010
OSU's return specialist all grown up
By Jeff Caplan
Oklahoma State standout cornerback and kick return extraordinaire Perrish Cox will play in his final collegiate game on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl Classic at Cowboys Stadium. His Cowboys from Stillwater, Okla., will face the Mississippi Rebels under the closed roof in Arlington.
Cox, who Leads all active FBS players and holds the Big 12 and OSU record with four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, has had his ups and downs in years at Okie State and he says he's a better player and person for it, which will help him next season when he plays on Sundays. Coach Mike Gundy said that the 6-foot speed-burner from Waco has matured. Cox understood what his coach was talking about.
"Me as a whole, football player, as a person, has grown up. I’ve learned a lot in my life since I’ve been there [Oklahoma State], about school, going to class, things that’ll hurt me off the field can lead to things that happens on the field, so there’s a lot of things that I learned about, a lot of small things that I had to correct and it came about for me being a better person overall," Cox said.
"... When I first came here, I used to not really go to class as much -- didn’t think it was going to harm me in a way. But I found out the hard way. I’ve been through all the negatives, you know. I used to have to run almost every day for missing those classes. You know just as a whole and then on the field, those things that I corrected off the field, they helped me on the field, to be a better learner, go watch film more, a lot of small things that have helped me as a person."