During the summer, GatorNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Florida roster -- excluding the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class -- in our Gator Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Quinton Dunbar, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 97 Brad Phillips.
No. 94 Bryan Cox Jr.
Redshirt freshman defensive end
Expectations for 2013: The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Cox signed as a linebacker in 2012 but was moved to defensive end in the spring. He has added about 30 pounds since he got on campus and enters August practices as the top backup to starter Jonathan Bullard. He had a solid spring and showed flashes of his potential in the final spring scrimmage.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Cox is still pretty raw, but he’s a relentless player. He also has been around football his entire life -- he’s the son of former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox. Cox should get significant playing time and will be part of a pass rush that has the potential to be the best it has been since 2009. The Gators are much deeper on the edge this season and the ability to rotate players will keep them fresher.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: While the coaching staff believes Cox has the potential to become a very good pass rusher, he has no experience at the SEC level. It’s uncertain how quickly he’ll adjust to the speed of the game, although he has had the benefit of working against left tackle D.J. Humphries in practice.
Future impact: UF’s pass rush appears stocked for the next several years, and Cox will be an integral part of that. Based on his lineage, the hope is he’ll flourish under Will Muschamp and become a dangerous edge player over the next two seasons.