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Confirmed: Three changes for ANZAC Day

Two rookies will make their senior debuts on ANZAC Day, while a veteran forward will return to the VFL on Sunday.

4:00pm  Apr 23, 2016

Selection update: Final 22 decided

Collingwood has named its final team to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

5:00pm  Apr 15, 2016

Selection: American one of five inclusions

Collingwood could make up to five changes to its team to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.

6:25pm  Apr 14, 2016

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1:13am  Jun 25, 2016

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5:22pm  May 21, 2016

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5:19pm  May 21, 2016

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Mason
Cox

Height
211 cm
DOB
14-03-1991
Weight
108 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2016
11
Career
11
Goals
2016
17
Career
17
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
576
Avg
52
MasonCox

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs: Collingwood (2015-2017)
Debut: R5 2016 v Essendon
Recruited from: Oklahoma State University, USA
Brownlow Votes: 1

2017 Player Sponsors

- Laura and Paul Niall
- Melinda Hansen

One of the league's most compelling stories, Cox approaches 2017 with the world at his feet. Less than two years after he first picked up a Sherrin, he burst onto the scene on ANZAC Day 2016 and finished the year with 11 senior games. It was a year of giant strides for a giant man.

Recruited from Oklahoma State University (OSU), Cox became the tallest player ever measured at an AFL Combine in 2014, standing an imposing 211.4 centimetres. Projected as a potential ruck or key position player, Cox was originally a standout performer the US International Combine in Los Angeles, with his supreme athleticism drawing plaudits from recruiters across the AFL.

Recording elite vertical jump scores, including the second highest left-footed running leap ever documented by the AFL in 20 years of testing, Cox also demonstrated impressive speed and agility for his height, completing the 20-metre sprint in three seconds flat. He found his feet at VFL level in 2015 before making his mark at senior level in 2016, splitting his time between full forward and the ruck.

Season By Season

Season By Season

On ANZAC Day 2014, Mason Cox had not even picked up a Sherrin. On the corresponding day two years later, he kicked the first goal of the annual blockbuster in front of 85,082 people. Not even in Cox’s wildest dreams could he have imagined beginning his league career in such fashion, but for a period of time early in the season, he appeared to have a touch of magic.

He started his year with 87 hitouts in the first two VFL games and was summoned into the seniors to replace Travis Cloke on ANZAC Day. He kicked the first goal of the game and added a further two against West Coast a week later. Four goals and a Brownlow vote followed in round eight, and by the time he was taking a bounce and running into an open goal against Geelong, everyone in football was saying his name. Playing predominantly at full forward with spells in the ruck, Cox kicked two goals in three separate games mid-season before starting to tire against Carlton in round 15. He was given some time to catch his breath, and was even afforded the chance to meet the United States Vice-President Joe Biden.

He returned for one more senior outing against Richmond in round 20 and a further two in the VFL, and will be preparing for even bigger things in 2017.

Season By Season

As far as raw talents go, few have been thrown into a deeper end than Collingwood’s American rookie Mason Cox. Having never played a game of Australian Football in his life, Cox made his debut in a NAB Challenge match against Carlton in Bendigo in February. He recorded just one handball, but won 14 hitouts and plenty of pats on the back for performing at such a high level in his first outing.

With unmatchable size and a number of ready-made attributes to suit the AFL game, Cox went on to take numerous leaps and bounds in the VFL side in 2015. He played 19 games, averaging 8.3 disposals and 22 hitouts per game.

Cox's 211cm frame meant he was predominantly used as a ruckman, but the presence of Jarrod Witts and Brodie Grundy in the VFL during some parts of the year led to him also settling deep in the forward line.

Despite having grown up without a Sherrin in his hands,  he American worked his way to becoming a dead-eye in front of goal. Against Richmond in round 19, Cox kicked five straight goals as the Magpies cruised to a 42-point victory at Victoria Park.

The match led to calls for an AFL debut that may not be too far away, should Cox continue to progress at the rate he did during 2015.

Season By Season

Joined Collingwood as a Category B rookie after testing strongly at an AFL Combine mid-year. Cox arrived at the Westpac Centre in August and underwent an intense block of training with development coaches Craig McRae, Anthony Rocca, Tarkyn Lockyer and Dale Tapping.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 4.5
    • Handballs 2.9
    • Disposals 7.5
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 7.2
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 1.5
    • AFL Fantasy 52.4

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 8
Handballs 5 Fremantle Rd 14
Disposals 10 Fremantle Rd 14
Marks 6 Port Adelaide Rd 11
Hit-outs 13 Port Adelaide Rd 11
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 14
Goals 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 80 Brisbane Lions Rd 8

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 133 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Richmond W 87 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 St Kilda L 119 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Melbourne L 67 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon W 142 - 73 6 4 10 3 11 1 0 3 1 1 66
6 West Coast Eagles L 124 - 62 5 5 10 3 5 3 3 4 2 1 62
7 Carlton L 84 - 99 4 3 7 1 10 1 1 2 0 1 38
8 Brisbane Lions W 65 - 143 8 1 9 3 11 3 1 2 4 2 80
9 Geelong Cats W 104 - 80 4 5 9 3 4 0 0 1 2 0 51
10 Western Bulldogs L 53 - 74 2 4 6 2 8 0 0 3 0 0 40
11 Port Adelaide L 58 - 125 6 2 8 6 13 1 1 0 2 1 64
12 Melbourne L 104 - 58 5 0 5 3 1 2 0 2 2 1 48
14 Fremantle W 85 - 37 5 5 10 3 7 0 3 4 2 0 60
15 Carlton W 45 - 57 1 1 2 2 8 0 0 3 0 0 31
16 GWS Giants W 93 - 125 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 North Melbourne L 84 - 124 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles W 91 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Richmond L 92 - 77 4 2 6 1 1 4 0 0 2 0 36
21 Western Bulldogs L 95 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns W 118 - 47 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn L 112 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 13 50 32 82 30 79 15 9 24 17 7 576

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 4.5
    • Handballs 2.9
    • Disposals 7.5
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 7.2
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 1.5
    • AFL Fantasy 52.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 8, 2016
Handballs 5 Fremantle Rd 14, 2016
Disposals 10 Fremantle Rd 14, 2016
Marks 6 Port Adelaide Rd 11, 2016
Hit-outs 13 Port Adelaide Rd 11, 2016
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 14, 2016
Goals 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 8, 2016
AFL Fantasy 80 Brisbane Lions Rd 8, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Collingwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Collingwood 50 32 82 30 79 15 9 24 17 7 576

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 11 games, 17 goals

VFL: 24 games, 23 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 3 games, 2 goals

Milestones

VFL Debut: North Ballarat v Collingwood, Round 1 2015 at Eureka Stadium

Draft History

VFL Debut: North Ballarat v Collingwood, Round 1 2015 at Eureka Stadium

Awards

AFL Awards

VFL Debut: North Ballarat v Collingwood, Round 1 2015 at Eureka Stadium

Club Awards

VFL Debut: North Ballarat v Collingwood, Round 1 2015 at Eureka Stadium