One of the reasons Center Grove was Class 5A champion in Indiana in 2008 was the stingy defense. It was hard to run north and south on the state champions. No team did it consistently and one of the reasons was the big junior who anchored the middle. The big junior is preparing for his senior season with an eye toward anchoring someone's defensive line in the fall of 2010. Used to building walls that seem impenetrable, Joel Cox's goal is to be an engineer. Carrying a 3.75 GPA is the first necessary element in realizing that dream.
The 6'2" 265 lb. defensive tackle told scout.com that the class of 2009 set the standard for the next 10 years at Center Grove. "These seniors have taught the rest of us how to pay the price to be champions," Cox noted. That lesson is already being put to use as Joel Cox is teaching the Center Grove Power Club to lift weights. Cox, an Olympic style lifter, who loves the clean and snatch lifts, spends 3 evenings a week with elementary school lifters, teaching them proper technique with broom sticks. According to his teammates and his family, it is just in his nature to give back through time and talent. "I love spending time with the future of Center Grove football," Joel said.
Working with kids takes a lot of patience and time. On Friday nights, Joel Cox wreaked havoc in the middle of Center Grove's defense. He placed pressure on opposing quarterbacks and was good enough that he earned accolades as an Indiana Football Coaches All-State Defensive Lineman. He attained several honor teams as a junior and many believe he is one of the best defensive linemen retuning in Indiana. But, Joel will tell you there is no greater honor than winning the 5A state championship with his teammates. Joel has made 2 unofficial trips to Purdue and will be attending Junior Days at Indiana University this spring.