Florida adds five-star transfer LB Brenton Cox from Georgia

By Adam Silverstein
August 9, 2019
Florida adds five-star transfer LB Brenton Cox from Georgia
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Credit the Florida Gators for boosting their long-time rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs before a snap has even been played in the 2019 season. Florida on Friday confirmed the transfer of former five-star linebacker Brenton Cox, the No. 23 player in the Class of 2018, from Georgia.

It is unknown whether Cox, who recently entered the NCAA transfer portal, will seek waivers from the NCAA and SEC to obtain immediate eligibility. Multiple reports noted that he was in a helmet practicing with the Gators on Friday.

Cox will enter 2019 as a true sophomore after registering 20 tackles (two for loss) and a sack in 13 games as a backup outside linebacker last season.

His departure from Georgia has come under strange circumstances. Though he was cited for possession of marijuana in April, there are no other disciplinary issues involving Cox that have been reported. However, reports recently surfaced that Cox had been dismissed from the team prior to entering the NCAA transfer portal. Head coach Kirby Smart and his assistants refused to address Cox’s status over the last couple of weeks.

4 Comments

  1. Tim Rupert says:

    Word out of Athens is that Cox has a bad attitude and keeps getting into some kind of trouble or another.

    He was also running 4th string on the OLB depth chart. Looks like a win-win for both programs. Mullen needs the player, and Kirby can use the scholarship on another player who’s willing to follow the rules and not continually cause problems.

    I just hope Mullen will give him the discipline lessons that he needs. Letting him get away with more of the same is not what’s the best for the young man.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    None of us really know anywhere near enough about the situation to have any meaningful opinion as to how it should be handled (and yes, I understand that’s what opinion boards are all about, lol). I trust that Coach Mullen will do the right thing for the program and the young man.

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