Cox vs. Green worth watching

Updated: September 2, 2009, 1:23 PM ET
By Steve Muench
Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox was arrested Friday for driving with a suspended license, but there has been no word of an impending suspension out of Stillwater, and that's good news for the Cowboys' defense. Cox is the only returning starter in the OSU secondary and the one player capable of slowing down Georgia sophomore WR A.J. Green in Week 1.

Cox will be in for a battle against Green, who has tremendous athletic ability and body control. One of the knocks on Cox is that he is stiff in the hips and is not fluid when flipping his hips and running with receivers, and that could be a problem against the speedy Green. Another concern we have after watching film on Cox is that he sometimes gives receivers too much of a cushion off the line of scrimmage and allows too much inside leverage on slants, and if he cuts Green loose over the middle he will have a hard time catching him from behind.

Cox is stronger and more physical than Green, however, and he must use that to his advantage. Green has a lean build and Cox has to push him around a little at the line of scrimmage to slow him down and disrupt his routes. Cox is a playmaker who knows how to get to the ball, so we will also be interested to see how he competes with the taller Green for any jump balls. We love Green's body control and the way he tracks the ball in the air, but he is built like a basketball player, and the 6-foot Cox is sturdy enough and has enough savvy to have a chance in those situations.

As a side note, we talked earlier this week about another standout sophomore wideout in Alabama's Julio Jones, and while Jones and Green are different kinds of players, their production was amazingly similar as freshmen. Jones had 58 receptions for 924 yards compared to 56 and 963 for Green, but Green did have an 8-4 advantage in touchdown catches. Jones is more of a physical specimen and is a little more consistent, but both should once again be headed for big seasons.

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