MOREHEAD, Ky. -- He may not be the biggest guy on the field and in fact, he might just be one of the smallest in stature. That doesn't mean Morehead State senior running back Desmond Cox isn't "big" when it comes to his playmaking abilities.
Entering his senior season as a co-captain, Cox - a 5-8 fullback from Akron, Ohio - is the leading returning rusher for MSU, turning in 448 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2010. He also caught 19 passes from quarterback Zach Lewis for 275 yards and found the endzone three times in the aerial game. On special teams, Cox averaged 17 yards per kickoff return as well.
He says he is always prepared for anything the defense might throw at him when he comes to the line of scrimmage.
"Really what we are taught to do is identify the front and check out the techniques, whether it is a run or a pass. We also check out the linebackers and safeties. You have to look at what adjustments you might need to make because football is a fast-paced game."
And it will get even faster for the Eagle offense this year. MSU has been working this Fall camp on installing a new offensive system that fans will notice differences in. Most notably, it will be a faster-paced system that will hopefullly allow MSU the opportunity to reach the end zone more.
"As the offense, we feel it's our turn to put up some points. Not to say the offense hasn't been doing that, but the defense has always been doing a tremendous job. Now we have to do our job and this is the year to do it. We have a new system in, and it's a great system. We are just anxious for September 1st."
But, for that system to succeed, the Eagles are going to rely on their senior leaders to instill a sense of pride on the team. Cox says he will definitely work hard to be that team leader the coaching staff wants him to be.
"It's an honor to be selected as a co-captain. Really leadership is doing things the right way, even when nobody else is looking," he said. "It's just doing what you need to do to be successful. If you do that, then other guys will be successful also."
One thing Cox is adament about is his will to win. He'll sacrifice his own stat totals to make sure the Eagles win.
"Any player I think wants to be successful and put up good numbers, but in order to do that, you have to win. It takes everybody to win."
With Cox, the Eagles have a leader in the backfield and a legitimate return threat, plus solid experience and talent among the rest of the offense and defense, fans should expect good results in 2011.
The Eagles continue two-a-day practices this week. They will have a "live" game-atmosphere intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 25 before the official 2011 season opener at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 against Kentucky Christian