Josh Cox (#14), a senior out of Central Michigan University, was a defensive back for the Chippewas. He spent his high school career playing football at De La Salle in Warren, Michigan. While at De La Salle he was named to All-Catholic and All-Macomb County as well as earning All-State Honorable Mention. He set two school records in high school which were, returning an interception 104 yards for a touchdown and had 23 tackles in one game. Throughout his football career at Central Michigan University, Cox accumulated 211 total tackles, 145 solo tackles, and 66 assisted tackles. As well as, picking the ball off 11 times for a total of 164 yards, he had 1 defensive touchdown and 21 pass deflections.
When asking Cox about some takeaways from his time at Central Michigan he explained how, “you can always improve and learn new things from anyone. People all have a different way of looking at things so being able to grasp things from a different perspective will give you a different outlook on things.” Cox’s first year as a Chippewa, 2013, he was red shirted and spent most of the season learning from his fellow defensive teammates. Cox quickly found playing time in 2014 as he played in 12 games of the season. Due to finishing the 2014 season with 19 tackles including 14 solo tackles, Cox was named Central Michigan University’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Cox experienced many highs and lows throughout his time playing at Central Michigan and because of this he has a strong belief in that being able to move past mistakes leads to success, “because you’re going to make plays and miss plays but it’s about what you do after that which determines what type of player you are.”
During his time at Central Michigan, Cox played many games but he believes his toughest matchups came during the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl game against Tulsa. Tulsa plays a fast paced offense with many weapons such as their 2 running backs as well as 2 wide receivers who all tallied over 1,000 yards a piece. Cox commented on how he, “had to move all around to match up with guys to make sure they didn’t get any confidence. I was willing to go play in the box, safety, and corner.” Coming out of this game Cox accumulated 9 tackles with 6 solo tackles against this fast paced offense. Regardless of Central losing this game, Cox was determined to make an impact stating, “yea they ended up winning that game but I was going to make sure after the game they were going to be like yea but that #14 wasn’t playing any games with us. They were going to know who I was after the game.”
Due to Cox’s success at Central Michigan, he was given the opportunity to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, California. Going into the bowl game, Cox continued to find ways to impress NFL scouts as he was able to record 4 tackles and a fumble recovery during the game. Cox explained how, “on the field I’m focusing on finishing every play, competing and making the most of every opportunity when they present themselves.” Cox wasn’t just focusing on bettering himself on the field, he is also trying to improve himself as a person. Whether it be being prompt to meetings, attentive when other people are speaking, or connecting on a personal level with coaches and teammates.