J’den Cox has wrestled the last three years for Missouri. He’s been good enough to win an NCAA championship in the 197-pound weight class, a MAC championship (Mizzou’s in the MAC!) and conference wrestler-of-the-year honors. He just got back from Rio de Janeiro, where he competed for Team USA and won a bronze medal in freestyle.
Cox is back at Mizzou now, and he wants to play SEC football. Here’s video from Andrew Kauffman, an ABC 17 sports reporter in Columbia:
This isn’t going to happen right away. But Cox, who’s never redshirted before and believes he’ll have eligibility to play another sport after his fourth year of wrestling, intends on it next season.
So Barry Odom’s defense could get a linebacker who’s already in terrific shape. What’s more, Cox has some experience with this kind of thing. He’s a remarkable athlete in general, and football isn’t a new game for him.
One other thing: Last weekend, Cox was at the scene when a man crashed his motorcycle. Cox wrapped the man’s bleeding head in his Team USA T-shirt, The Columbia Missourian reported, presumably before the man got more treatment.
So Cox’s resume includes an Olympic wrestling medal and national title, at least one go as a first responder and, in a year, maybe a spot as an SEC linebacker. That’ll do.