Incoming Gators Q&A: Bryan Cox Jr.

Florida Recruiting Reporter
Posted Jun 22, 2012


Only a few more days before the rest of the Gators 2012 signing class steps foot on the Florida campus. FightinGators.com is taking the time to get to know a different side of some of the new Gators, so you can learn a little more about the new athletes you’ll see on the field this Fall.

Name: Bryan Cox Jr.

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas.

Position: DE

Height: 6-3

Weight: 220

Q: What number do you want? Why?

A: I’m getting number 94, it was the one assigned to me, and I have no problem with it because it’s like DeMarcus Ware, and I like it.

Q: Who are you planning on rooming with at Florida?

A: Brian Poole.

Q: Who inspires you? Why

A: Pretty much the people that I’m around every single day, just being around them, having conversations, they encourage me. There’s really no single person that does it alone.

Q: What are you going to major in?

A: Mechanical Engineering.

Q: What are you most excited about about coming to Florida?

A: Just the experience of being in college, to play football for a university such as the Florida Gators, it’s always been one of my dreams. I watched them when I was growing up and it’s coming to life now.

Q: What’s your favorite football memory?

A: Probably when I got my interception in Prattville with St. Thomas my senior year, it was on ESPN.

Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment on the field?

A: Probably that same moment, not being able to score. Everybody got on me about that, but hey, big man get’s tired.

Q: How did you get started playing football?

A: I’ve been playing since…I don’t remember exactly when, it was when I was in New York, my dad was with the Jets, I was like six.

Q: How much of an impact has your dad (Brian Cox) had on your career?

A: Actually not a tremendous amount to be honest, he just pretty much told me to do my own thing, that’s what I’ve been doing, he told me not to try to be exactly like him, but to mold myself into my own player, and he’d help me if I needed him, but I had to take steps on my own.

Q: Was there a turning point when you realized you could have a serious future playing?

A: Oh yes. That was my sophomore year. My freshman year was kind of like fun, I like playing, sophomore year I went to a bunch of camps, tried to get my name on a bunch of the boards of the colleges.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

A: It would definitely be to fly.

Q: What’s your favorite about playing football?

A: Hitting people. If I have bottled up aggression from the week, stressed out a little bit, the football field is the place I can leave all my tension, and do it where it’s legal.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing football?

A: I like to joke around with my friends, play xBox, I do it all pretty much. I play some other sports sometimes just for recreation, just hang out.

Q: If you could share the field with any athlete past or present, who would it be?

A: I’d probably have to say Reggie White. For sure Reggie White. The amount of knowledge you can soak up from that man, no other player at my position, with the skill set I have, there’s no other player that I’d rather learn from.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: Safe House. Just saw that and it blew me away.

Q: What’s the most played song on your ipod?

A: That’s so hard. Anything by 2 Chainz.

Q: What’s your favorite pre-game ritual?

A: Pretty much just sit in my locker, go by myself somewhere, just listen to music, go off on my own and get away from all the distractions.

Q: What’s something about you that surprises people?

A: I’m actually a pretty nice person.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?

A: As one of the greatest, I also want to be remembered as being better than my father.

Q: What are 3 things you can’t live without?

A: Football, family, and…oh man, I can’t live without Chipotle.

Q: Anything else people should know about you?

A: That’s pretty much it.



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