The Mississippi State Bulldogs will be without starting safety Justin Cox for an extended period of time.
According to the Starkville Daily News, Cox has been indefinitely suspended after being arrested for suspicion of domestic violence and burglary.
Cox has started eight games this season for the No. 4 ranked Bulldogs and it is unclear if he will see any action moving forward. Below is an excerpt from the Starkville Daily News report,
Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brett Watson said deputies responded to a burglary call on Rocky Road in the Aspen Heights apartment complex at about 3 a.m. Friday. He said upon arrival, deputies found a female victim with an injury to her head. Watson would not identify the victim. Watson said deputies arrested Cox, a 21-year-old West Point native, at the scene on suspicion of burglary of a dwelling and aggravated domestic violence and booked him into Oktibbeha County Jail.
The senior safety transferred to Mississippi State after spending two seasons at East Mississippi Community College. He originally committed to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs in high school before opting to play in junior college.
His suspension causes a huge dent in the secondary and comes at the worst time for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is ranked No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings and still have a great chance to clinch a birth in the Playoffs in they win their two remaining games against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.
Mississippi State lost their first game of the season last Saturday against Alabama, 25-20. The Playoff Committed recognized the Bulldogs’ success this season and kept them in the Top 4. The Bulldogs have defeated three Top-10 ranked teams this season and will have another opportunity in the upcoming Egg Bowl against Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs will look to extend their record to 10-1 this Saturday against Vanderbilt.
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