March 15, 2011
By Matt Winkeljohn
Lucas Cox would like to take a spin through the NFL, like his older brother, and he’s working to make that happen even though he doesn’t know if or when it will.
This lockout business has stalled some things for a while. Cox is not included.
Six days a week in his hometown of Lewisbury, Pa., the former Georgia Tech running back lifts weights, runs routes, catches passes and more – all with the idea of following in his older brother’s footsteps.
Mike, another former Tech back, joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 2008. If Lucas is to make it to the League, it will almost certainly be by the same route.
“Everything is in limbo because of the lockout; I’m not sure what’s ahead for me,” Lucas said. “I signed with my brother’s agent [Mark Clouser of nearby Harrisburg, Pa.] . . . he said just keep working out. It’s going to be resolved eventually.”
Lucas has always had someone to follow.
His father, Lawrence, was a fullback at Temple. Mike was a fullback at Tech. He was a fullback at UConn before transferring to Tech, where he played both B-back and A-back. In keeping appearances, younger brother Matt Cox is a fullback at Bloomsburg State.
The offseason for Lucas has been a mix of following in his brother’s path and setting his own. Mike’s been busy, too.
“He’s been [at workouts] recently, and he knew everything that was going to be coming at me,” Lucas said “But he was in Africa with his wife helping missionaries for our church for about a month before that.”
Cox carried the ball 22 times for 131 yards last season after rushing nine times for 31 yards the season before that, and 26 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns in 2008.
He graduated in December with a degree in management, and he’s working toward a dream now, and to move away from a senior season that didn’t go as he’d hoped. Cox said he weighs about 243 pounds now, which is roughly where he’d like to stay.
“After [Tech’s] bowl game, I weighed about 260, and I immediately had to get on a diet because it’s all about speed for me, getting more speed,” he said. “I think I played at about 230 [in `09]. I don’t know, I just kept putting on weight last season. I wasn’t trying to, but I guess I didn’t try losing weight.”