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The New York Giants signed Michael Cox to the active 53-man roster his week and Julian Talley to the practice squad as announced by the club. Talley had been activated to the 53-man roster previously. has a feature story on the path UMass football alum Michael Cox took in making it to the NFL as part of the New York Giants. Cox was originally a hockey player in his hometown of Dorchester before focusing on football where he played at Michigan before transferring to UMass in 2012.

Madison Hartman of the New York Daily News has a story on how David Wilson's injury will give UMass football alum Michael Cox the chance to make a name for himself during training camp. 

"Last year it was kind of just learning everything," Cox said. "Now I just feel like I have a lot more experience and just know what's expected and what I have to do."

Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger has a story on UMass football alum Michael Cox who was a seventh-round draft pick of the New York Giants following the 2012 season. Cox earned a spot on last year's active roster with the Giants and will continue to fight for a place on the team entering the 2014 campaign.


Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald has a story on the inaugural Gridiron Showcase football camp hosted at Bishop Fenwick High School on June 28-29. The event's organizer, Pat Downey, says he hopes the camp and the series of guest speakers will help the players see football as a difference maker in their overall lives that helps them learn life skills.

In addition to the coaching, Downey has lined up a list of guest speakers. Among the current NFL players slated to appear are James Develin (Patriots), Michael Cox (Giants) and Emil Igwenagu (Eagles).  

"We wanted to have a local flavor with the speakers. Develin being with the Patriots, Cox is from Dorchester and Emil played at Holy Name and UMass," Downey said. "We feel like a lot of local coaches are getting excited about this. We're very appreciative of (Bishop Fenwick coach and AD) David Woods for hosting this event and all of his support.  

"What I really hope we can accomplish with this is to try to use football to make a difference in people's lives like it did for me. We want the kids who come here to learn football but also to learn life skills as well."

With a rash of injuries at running back for the New York Giants, former UMass Minuteman Michael Cox is taking advantage of the opportunity. The Dorchester native is taking all the reps for the Giants at the beginning of this week as the team prepares for Minnesota next Monday.

NY Post: Cox follows Cruz's path to Giants

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has a story on Michael Cox and his journey towards making the New York Giants 53-man roster over the weekend. Schwartz echoes that Cox's journey was similar to that of Victor Cruz.

Perhaps the Giants have a Cruz redux in Michael Cox, the rookie running back who remains on the 53-man roster. This wasn't much of a surprise on cut-down day, as his body of work this summer made it obvious he was going to stick -- just as Cruz performed his way onto the team in 2010.

Without UMass, Cox wouldn't have gotten a sniff of the NFL. He barely got on the field at Michigan. In 2009 he got 13 rushing attempts, 113 yards and two touchdowns, but after that he sat the bench, managing to find only six more carries the next two years. He earned his degree, though, and, with one more year of playing eligibility, he moved closer to home, enrolled at UMass, took post-graduate courses and started all 12 games at running back. His 198 rushes for 715 yards and five TDs got him on the fringe of the draft radar.

Cox, after struggling at Michigan, follows Cruz's path to Giants -

Jeff Moeller has a feature story on Michael Cox who was taken in the 7th round of the NFL Draft and how he has been fighting for a spot on the New York Giants active roster during preseason camp. So far during camp, Cox, who is one of three former Minutemen with the Giants currently, has drawn positive reviews from the New York coaching staff and media.
Former UMass tailback Michael Cox continues to impress the New York Giants after Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh. Cox is fighting for the No. 3 tailback spot after being drafted in the 7th round.

UMass Trio Help Giants To Preseason Win Over Steelers

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A trio of Minutemen saw action last night for the New York Giants as Victor Cruz, Julian Talley and Michael Cox each played in the preseason game at Pittsburgh.

Cruz finished the game with one catch for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Talley had one catch for 29 yards. Cox was the team's top rusher with 33 yards on 9 carries including a long run of 12 yards. UMass searches for signs of progress

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Jack McCluskey of ESPN Boston has a preview of the Ohio game with a look at the progress UMass has made over the first four games of the season. UMass' Cox makes lasting impression

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Jack McCluskey of has a feature on Mike Cox, his performance at Miami, and what transferring to UMass from Michigan has meant to him.

Republican: UMass football week four helmet stickers

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Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican gives out his Week 4 helmet sticker to Michael Cox, Kassan Messiah and Deion Walker for their performances at Miami (Ohio).

Recaps From Football's Loss At Miami

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Herald: UMass' Charley Molnar accentuates positives

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John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a follow-up piece on UMass' game at Michigan last Saturday. He highlights some of the improvements made by the Minutemen in the game and the focus of this week's practice as UMass gets ready for Miami (Ohio).

Republican: UMass football week three helmet stickers

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Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican gives out his Week Three helmet stickers following the Michigan game. Christian Birt, Hafis Williams and Michael Cox were all on Plumer's list of players who had outstanding performances.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican has a story today on the return home for Michael Cox and Mike Wegzyn when the Minutemen play Michigan this Saturday. Cox is a Michigan alum who is a graduate student at UMass. He played four years as a back-up tailback for the Wolverines before transferring to UMass for his fifth-year of eligibility. Wegzyn grew up in the Detroit area before moving to Tennessee prior to his senior year in college.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass running back Michael Cox who will face his former team, the Michigan Wolverines, this Saturday. Cox graduated from Michigan last spring and transferred to UMass as a graduate student.

Berkshire Eagle: Many options in UMass backfield

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle takes a look at UMass' stable of running backs as the Minutemen enter the 2012 season. His story includes quotes from Michigan transfer Michael Cox and Chris Burns who transferred to UMass from Pittsburgh prior to the 2011 season.

John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a feature on running back and Dorchester native Michael Cox who has joined the UMass football team as a graduate student after playing four years at Michigan.