Cheesy advertisements hamper fans weekly about college athletics going pro in something else other than sports. Unfortunately, that something else will not be standup comedy impersonations for freshman safety Demetrius Cox.
Cox, a former high school quarterback, is the player impersonating Denard Robinson on the MSU scout team this week. If you remember correctly, he was the one who imitated Braxton Miller in practice before the Ohio State game Sept. 29. The Spartans lost 17-16 that weekend.
Miller recorded 136 rushing yards against the Spartans, racing past opponents like Master Chief in the final mission of Halo: Combat Evolved. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi attributes Miller’s success to his dumb coaching error.
“We didn’t go live on the quarterback that week,” Narduzzi told MLive. “We should have treated him like a tailback and been live on him. We won’t make that mistake again.”
Spartan Avenue begs to differ. No player can emulate Miller’s playmaking ability, regardless if Narduzzi’s decoy was a live tackling dummy or not. Place the blame on Cox’s poor “acting” skills because if he plays remotely similar to Miller, he would be the starting quarterback at Auburn, Florida or Tennessee.
There’s no way Cox resembles Robinson’s likeness in practice, but he can replicate Shoelace’s Fail Mary’s and armpunts easily. It’s imperative that Cox loses his shoe once every six plays in practice if Narduzzi truly wants to prepare MSU’s defense for game-like situations.
Cox has not played a down of real football this season. He is currently third on the depth chart, but the only player on the team with his SAG card. Probably.