March Madness: Colts sign Georgia Tech hoops player for O-line


DeMarco Cox is switching from basketball back to football. (USATSI)
DeMarco Cox is switching from basketball back to football. (USATSI)

When the month of March started, DeMarco Cox was hooping it up for the Georgia Tech basketball team, now he’s playing for the Indianapolis Colts.

Just in time for March Madness, the Colts announced on Thursday that they’ve signed Cox, who didn’t play football in college.

Coming out of high school in 2010, Cox had offers to play football at several SEC and Big Ten schools, but decided he wanted to play basketball and chose Mississippi. At Ole Miss, Cox started four games as a freshman and played in a total of 33 games during the 2010-11 season.

After injuring his foot during the 2012-13 season at Ole Miss, Cox was granted a medical redshirt, which later allowed him to become a fifth-year graduate transfer. The 6-foot-8, 294-pounder ended up using that fifth year of eligibility to play at Georgia Tech this past season.

At Georgia Tech, Cox finished as the team’s third leading scorer (8.8 points per game) and rebounder (6.1 rebounds per game). Cox also led the team in blocked shots (28) during the 2014-15 season.

Cox’s final game with the Yellow Jackets came on March 10 when he scored nine points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 66-65 ACC tournament loss to Boston College.

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson seems to think Cox will work out just fine on the football field.

In Indy, the Colts are hoping that Cox can be an offensive tackle. Coming out of high school, Cox was ranked as the 58th best tackle in the country by

The Colts have had some luck with former college basketball players on the offensive line. Backup lineman Joe Reitz, who’s played in 44 games for Indy since 2011, was a college basketball player at Western Michigan.

The Colts also have former Miami basketball player Erik Swoop, who spent the 2014 season on the Indy’s practice squad after spending his college career playing basketball for the Hurricanes.


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