Florida cuts OLB Brenton Cox Jr., citing ‘cumulative effect’ as reason for dismissal

Florida football fired outside linebacker Brenton Cox Jr., coach Billy Napier confirmed at a press conference on Monday. Napier said he would keep the specific cause for the dismissal internally and that it was a “cumulative” decision.

Cox, a redshirt junior, leads the alligators in tackles for loss this year and led them in sacks last year.

“Being a football player at the University of Florida is a privilege, okay, there are certain expectations and standards that come with it,” Napier said. “Brenton is in his third year and obviously he’s done a lot of good things for the University of Florida and we wish him nothing but the best, but sometimes you have to make decisions in the best interest of the team. Of course Brenton, we will do everything to help him in his transition, but it’s as simple as that, we decided to move on.

Asked about the specific grounds for dismissal, Napier said: “I don’t know if we would be specific in relation to the cause of the decision. I think it’s more of a cumulative effect here.

The former five-star rookie ranked 23rd in the Class of 2018 and played two seasons at Georgia before transferring in Florida. He was fired from the Bulldogs program and entered the transfer portal after a marijuana arrest in the spring of 2019 and clashes with the Georgia coaching staff.

Cox was named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman in the first week of the 2022 season and named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Midseason Watch List. He played in Florida’s loss to his former team on Saturday, assisting in two tackles.

Cox recorded 100 tackles — 53 solo and 47 assisted — in 29 games over three seasons with the Gators.

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