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Cox healthy for season

AUBURN (AP) — Brandon Cox, who has fought back from illness and injury, is healthy again as he enters his third season as Auburn’s starting quarterback. But despite his experience, regained mobility and success on the field, he’s often overlooked.

“He’s the most underrated, under-appreciated player in the conference,” Tiger offensive coordinator Al Borges said. “He’s a guy that has been able to engineer wins, sometimes with his athletic ability and sometimes with his brain. Unless you are a purist, it’s hard to realize what he does in getting you in and out of plays.”

Last season, Cox guided Auburn to an 11-2 record despite injuring his left knee in the third game, against LSU, and then rupturing the bursa sac in his right knee against Ole Miss, in the eighth game.

“It was ugly and it was painful,” Cox told a Huntsville newspaper. “Every week, it took until Wednesday or Thursday for me to be able to practice full speed. It was definitely the most injured I’ve been and the hardest thing I’ve been through on the field.

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