ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s unclear if, on New Year’s Eve, Perrish Cox committed the first “excessive celebration” violation of the new decade, but it’s clear that No. 21 Oklahoma State was dealt a serious self-inflicted wound on Friday.
OSU coach Mike Gundy announced that Cox, his All-American cornerback, will not play in today’s AT&T Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss.
In a news release, Gundy said Cox violated team rules. He did not elaborate.
Cox was arrested for driving with a suspended license in late August.
Gundy had plenty to say earlier in the week about Cox, a likely first-round NFL draft pick.
“Perrish has developed and matured as a young man and a football player just in the last six, eight or 12 months,” he said at Cotton Bowl media day on Sunday. “We were very, very glad that he chose Oklahoma State, and he’s part of a class that has been very special to us. … Perrish has been very good for us.”
Both teams were off-limits to the media on Friday.
Cox earned first-team All-Big 12 and All-American honors this season. He leads the nation in passes defended at 1.73 per game and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back.
Vulnerable to the pass?
Even with Cox, the Cowboys ranked 94th in the country passing yards allowed at 242.25 per game. Those yards didn’t always translate into big plays or touchdowns, however, as OSU was 29th in the country in pass defense efficiency.
Cox is also a special teams star, with a 10.79-yard average and a touchdown on 19 punt returns and a 20.9-yard average on 31 kickoff returns.
His replacement will likely be either redshirt freshman Brodrick Brown or freshman Andrae May.
Brown appeared in six games this season, May in two.
Editor’s note: Today’s GameDay section, which includes a story about Oklahoma State’s Perrish Cox, was printed in advance of Friday’s developments.
Check out GameDay in today’s NEMS Daily Journal for more on the Cotton Bowl.
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