From Chip Towers, AJC
Brenton Cox, a Georgia linebacker who entered his name in the NCAA's transfer portal Monday, has landed with the Florida Gators. The move was first reported by Swamp247.com's Blake Alderman, who noticed Cox was added to Florida's roster.
At Florida, Cox will play for former Georgia defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Todd Grantham. Grantham reportedly contacted Cox soon after his name was entered as a transfer sometime Monday afternoon. He will wear the No. 6 for the Gators after wearing No. 1 for the Bulldogs this past season.
It is not yet clear whether Cox will be immediately eligible or have to sit out a season to meet the NCAA's standard transfer requirements. Intra-SEC transfers usually include a year-in-residency requirement.
Cox, a sophomore who played in 13 of 14 games last season abruptly left the Bulldogs before the fourth practice of preseason camp Monday. Neither coach Kirby Smart nor anybody from Georgia has made an official comment on his absence from Georgia practices.
Cox is from Stockbridge and was one of seven 5-star prospects to sign with the Bulldogs last year. He backed up senior D’Andre Walker at the “Jack” outside linebacker position. Cox made one start, when Walker was out with an injury in the Sugar Bowl. He finished the season with 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
From Dawg Nation
ATHENS - Five days after his departure from UGA, Brenton Cox is now a Florida Gator.
Florida announced the move on Friday. The former 5-star outside linebacker will wear No. 6 for the Gators and is listed as a sophomore. It is the latest in an up-and-down off season for Cox who was arrested earlier in the spring on marijuana charges.
Tony Barnhart replied to my query about Cox: “Don’t know anything other than what has been published in media. Got into scuffle with another player during game last year. Pot charge. Was going to sit out first game. That’s all I know.”
The move adds to what appears to be a boiling over of the rivalry between the Gators and Dawgs this off season. Florida coach Dan Mullen, who has been dealing with in several offseason problems of his own regarding violence against women, has taken shots at the Bulldogs early and often in 2019. Those quips have included commentary on players transferring from UGA, and making fun of the Bulldogs for not winning a consensus national title since 1980.
Mullen has lost to Kirby Smart and UGA in back-to-back seasons by double digits. He’s 1-4 all time against the Bulldogs as a head coach.
Still, the addition of Cox means the Gators are adding one of the most talented players to their roster, and doing so from their biggest rival.