South Carolina WR coach Joe Cox shares why freshman Luke Doty is already a leader on the team
South Carolina freshman Luke Doty has drawn rave reviews from his coaching staff this preseason as he’s moved between quarterback and receiver and, at times, juggled both positions. In fact, Doty is in a small class of freshmen across the SEC who have received loads of positive news since they arrived on campus.
On Tuesday, his position coach, WR coach Joe Cox, discussed what makes Doty unique.
“Luke is one of the most impressive young men I’ve ever been around,” Cox said. “Because Luke has to deal with Coach Bobo’s meetings, and my meetings. Thinking back to being a first-year player in an offense and so much going on, it’s been crazy how well he’s been able to comprehend things.”
Even as a freshman, Cox said Doty draws respect from teammates.
“He’s got a great attitude, he’s a huge leader on our football team,” Cox said. “Especially you see it, all those younger guys. He’s the guy in that class. They all gravitate to him, they know he’s going to be doing things the right way, and it shows. He takes notes in meetings, he practices the right way, he does everything he’s supposed to do, and he’s going to be a guy that’s pulling along a lot of young guys for a long time.”
Cox reiterated that he couldn’t imagine dealing with that kind of information himself as a freshman, and noted that Doty at times has had his head spinning at times.
“It’s going to benefit him having to deal with both positions, what we’re having him do this fall,” Cox said.