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Football: UL offensive tackle Cox boasts experience, size

One thing that NFL teams don’t have to worry about with UL offensive tackle Brandon Cox is inexperience.

The Ragin’ Cajun senior played in and started every game of his collegiate career – 46 straight, in fact – and it’s that durability alone that may make some NFL staffers take notice today and Sunday during the league’s annual draft.

Of course, when you’re 6foot-7 and 329 pounds, you get noticed, too.

The Nimitz High product played more snaps than any Cajun in each of his first three years – 841 in 12 games as a freshman in 2003, 840 in 11 games in 2004 and 768 in 11 games in 2005. Those snaps dropped off last season when he battled nagging injuries.

The worst of those injuries came in the next-to-last game of the season against Arkansas State when Cox twisted a knee. He ended up having to undergo surgery, but not before he limped onto the Cajun Field turf to play one snap in his final career game against UL Monroe last Dec. 2.

To prevent even more injury, Cajun coaches lined Cox up at wide receiver for the opening snap of that game before he left to an ovation.

"The thing about Brandon is that he’s got really good feet for a guy his size," said Cajun offensive line coach Ron Hudson. "He can do a lot of things because he moves pretty well. That, and he’s very consistent."

Cox is the most likely UL player to be selected during the draft, but the Irving, Texas, product may not hear his name called until Sunday’s second day when the fourth through seventh rounds are conducted.

Still, his draft chances appear better than Cajun quarterback Jerry Babb or cornerback Michael Adams, who will both likely wind up as free-agent signees.

Adams, a product of Dallas, Texas, and J.F. Kimball High, played in 45 games at cornerback during four years of play, while Babb, out of St. Thomas More High, played in 42.

The 6foot-2 Babb finished his career as UL’s all-time leader in passing accuracy and rushed for 1,489 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career.

Adams had 140 tackles and four interceptions in his career at cornerback, but his draft status will likely be affected by his 5-foot-8 stature.