Following Mississippi State’s 23-17 Music City Bowl win over Wake Forest, one of the Bulldogs’ defensive playmakers announced he would move on to the NFL.
In an interview with the New York Times, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said he would depart from Starkville a year early and try his luck at the next level.
“God works in many ways,” Cox said. “He answered my prayer and I knew deep down in my heart it was time for me to go.”
NFL scouts project Cox as a late first round/early second round selection and ESPN’s Todd McShay has Cox as the second-best DT prospect behind Penn State’s Devon Still.
Cox was first team All-SEC this season with 14 ½ tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
“He’s a great kid and worked hard in his time here,” coach Dan Mullen to the NYT of Cox. “This will be a huge loss for us.”