80   Landon Cox
Landon Cox

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Calumet City, IL

High School:
Thornton Fractional North

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 220

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L


Member of the Huskies' 2010 Leadership Council.

2010: Played in 14 games as one of the Huskies' starting wide receivers. Ranked third on the team in receptions with 35 and was fourth in receiving yards with 429. Scored three receiving touchdowns on the year. Earned third-team All Mid-American Conference honors. Named NIU's Co-Offensive Back of the Week honors after turning in his best game of the season at Illinois (9-18) with six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Made two catches for 58 yards, including one for a season-high 32 yards, at Akron (10-2). Caught five passes for 52 yards, including a touchdown reception against Temple (10-9). Named NIU's Offensive Back of the Week after leading the team with three catches for 41 yards and a 10-yard touchdown grab against Buffalo (10-16). Credited with a team-high four grabs for 34 yards against Central Michigan (10-23). Named NIU's Co-Offensive Back of the Week after recording a game-high four catches for 60 yards at Ball State (11-20). Caught four passes for 34 yards against Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Recognized as the Huskies' best blocking wide receiver. Earned recognition as NIU's Offensive Back of the Week three times in all.

2009: Started in 10 games and played in all 13. Northern Illinois' leading receiver with 535 yards on 45 receptions and four touchdowns. Made three catches for 57 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown reception, against Central Michigan (11-27). Had a career day versus Ohio (11-21), setting single game career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (132), with a career-long 45 yard catch. Posted NIU's first 100-yard receiving game of the season and became the first Huskie receiver to catch 10 or more passes since Sam Hurd caught 12 at Central Michigan (11-5-05). Caught two touchdown passes versus Eastern Michigan (11-5) when he had three catches for 84 yards. Was named NIU's offensive skills player of the week five times, including after a six-catch, 70-yard day versus Toledo (10-17). Made five catches for 53 yards, including a four-yard touchdown grab, against Idaho (9-26). Led the Huskies with 41 receiving yards on six catches against Ball State (11-12). Tallied three catches for 14 receiving yards in the Mid-American Conference opener against Western Michigan (10-3). Made two catches each at Western Illinois (9-12), Purdue (9-19), and Miami (10-24). Totaled two catches for 37 yards, including a 33-yard first down grab, against the RedHawks. Ended his season at the International Bowl with one catch for seven yards and a first down against South Florida (1-3). Made at least one catch in 12 games. Led all NIU offensive players with seven catches of 25-yards or longer on the year and is also Northern Illinois' top blocking wide receiver. Honored as Huskies' Receiver of the Year and garnered Fran Cahill Award honors.

2008: Appeared in all 13 games and made eight starts. Team's top returning pass catcher totaled 16 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown in 2007. Twice named offensive skill player of the week (Indiana State, Ball State). Blocked a punt versus Bowling Green (10-25) that allowed NIU to obtain possession at the BGSU 37-yard line, and eventually kick the game-winning field goal with 12 seconds left. Set career-bests with three catches against Tennessee (10-4) and Ball State (11-5). All three catches against the Volunteers resulted in first downs. Totaled 36 yards, with a 17-yard reception, in that game. Racked-up 15 yards versus the Cardinals. Made two catches, including a three-yard touchdown grab, against Miami (10-11). Made one catch for a season-high 24-yard gain in the Toledo game (10-18). Caught two passes for 21 yards and one first down against Western Michigan (9-6). Made at least one catch in nine games.

2007: Appeared in 10 games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams as a member of the kickoff coverage unit. Caught two passes for 19 yards on the season. Totaled five tackles, two solo, as a rookie. Started at wide receiver at Wisconsin (10-20). Caught one pass for a season-long 12 yards in that game. Made one catch for seven yards at Central Michigan (9-29).

High School: Named to the second team Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State squad as a senior and earned honorable mention recognition on the Chicago Tribune's All-State list. A first team all-area choice by the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times in 2006. Member of the Sun-Times' Area Top 100 list. Recognized as a first team all-conference selection. Led the Meteors to the conference title and Class 6A playoffs as a senior. Picked up all-conference and all-area honors as a junior. Caught 43 passes for 723 yards and eight touchdowns in 2006. Grabbed 42 passes for 805 yards, a 19.1-yard average, with 10 TDs as a junior. In his final two seasons, caught 85 passes for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns. Blocked six kicks and returned three of those for scores. A three-year starter at receiver for T.F. North. Also lettered in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Born June 19, 1989. Son of Linda and Jason Cox. Enjoys history and admires Marvin Harrison. Accountancy major.

COX'S CAREER STATISTICS
Receiving

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm
2007 10/1 2 19 9.5 0 12 1.9
2008 13/8 16 126 7.9 1 24 9.7
2009 13/10 45 535 11.9 4 45 41.2
2010 14/11 35 429 12.3 3 32 30.6
Career 50/30 98 1109 11.3 8 45 22.2

COX'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Catches: 11, at Ohio, 11-21-09
Receiving Yards: 132, at Ohio, 11-21-09
Touchdowns: 2, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09
Long Gain: 45, at Ohio, 11-21-09

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