Ex-Michigan running back Michael Cox getting settled at UMass, Wolverines' Week 3 opponent
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Cox will get a chance to add to his career yards at the Big House on Sept. 15, but it won't be wearing the jersey he envisioned wearing when he first stepped onto campus in Ann Arbor.
With a year of eligibility -- but also a Michigan degree -- to his name, Cox had a decision to make after last season. Cox appeared in just six games for the Wolverines as a redshirt junior and his only logged statistics two kickoff returns for as many yards in the Sugar Bowl. He had the option of staying at Michigan for a fifth year and likely not playing much, or enrolling in a postgraduate program at another school and trying to prove himself to a third set of coaches in five years.
Cox chose the latter, transferring to UMass where he is enrolled in an early childhood education postgraduate program, just two hours from where he grew up.
“It was kind of funny because I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do,” Cox recently told the Boston Herald.
When asked in the spring if Cox -- one of four fifth-year seniors to leave the program this year -- made the decision to leave or whether it was mutual, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said, "I think that's their decision (in every case)."
A Dorchester, Mass. native, Cox -- who played high school ball in Connecticut -- chose to move close to home and is now fully entrenched in his life as a Minuteman.
“Being an upperclassman, a senior this year, and coming from a Big Ten school and everything. I’m just trying to teach a lot of the younger guys the ropes of D-1 football. There are different things they can do better or I help them whatever they may need,” Cox told the Herald.
Read the entire Boston Herald article.