FOOTBALL: Cox named to Class of Commonwealth squad

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Anderson senior selected to Herald-Leader team

By John Herndon

Anderson County High School football player Ross Cox has been named to the Class of the Commonwealth team, as selected by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, Cox's selection to the 22-man team was announced in Sunday's editions of the paper.

“We are very happy and proud of Ross,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. “This is a tremendous honor. He has worked extremely hard to develop himself as a player and it is nice to see him receive some deserved recognition.”

The team is selected by the Herald-Leader sports staff and is selected as the best 22 seniors in the state, regardless of position, according to Mike Fields, the paper's longtime high school sports writer.

Cox rarely came off the field for the Bearcats. Offensively, he lined up both as a receiver and running back. He also played defensive back this year but has played other positions as well. Cox also served as Anderson's primary kick returner.

Cox played in 13 games, missing the regular-season finale against Collins with an injury. He ran for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns. He caught 53 passes for 991 yards and 10 scores.

Cox also intercepted five passes, returning one for a touchdown, and averaged 34.6 yards on 15 kickoff returns. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, the longest being 94 yards against Boyle County.

Anderson finished the season at 11-3, falling in the state Class 5A semifinals. The team also won district and regional championships. During Cox's career, the Bearcats won 40 games, two district championships and the only two regional titles in school history. The Bearcats were state runner-up in 2011, when Cox was a sophomore.

“Ross was certainly a big part of our success this year,” Peach said, “not only through his outstanding play but also his leadership. Ross is going to succeed not only in football but also as a student and as a person. I could not be more proud of him.”

Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Toledo have shown the most interest Cox's services at the collegiate level. Kentucky has also expressed interest in Cox joining the team as a walk-on.