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Cox: I made the right decision

At the end of 2017, Mason Cox was out of contract and wondering what his future held after three years in the AFL system. Now, he's entrenched himself as a key part of Collingwood's rise up the ladder.

8:41am  Sep 18, 2018

Mason Cox's future confirmed

The Collingwood Football Club and ruck/forward Mason Cox have reached an agreement on the out-of-contract American's future.

5:30pm  Sep 11, 2017

The upside of Cox and Mayne

Scott Pendlebury reflected on the seasons of Mason Cox and Chris Mayne, while also projecting their futures on the latest Jock and Journo podcast

5:00pm  Sep 6, 2017

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INC Player of the Week: Mason Cox

10:05am  Sep 24, 2018

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12:49am  Sep 22, 2018

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Mason
Cox

Height
211 cm
DOB
14-03-1991
Weight
108 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2018
24
Career
44
Goals
2018
25
Career
52
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1438
Avg
60
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

2018 Player Sponsors

- Laura and Paul Niall
- Melinda Hansen
- Kathryn Davis

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

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 6.2
    • Handballs 3.7
    • Disposals 9.9
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 6.8
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 59.9

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Richmond PF
Handballs 8 Essendon Rd 16
Disposals 16 Melbourne Rd 12
Marks 11 Richmond PF
Hit-outs 18 Hawthorn Rd 1
Tackles 5 GWS Giants SF
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 114 Melbourne Rd 12

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 4 2 6 0 18 2 0 1 0 0 40
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 3 6 9 6 4 2 1 3 0 0 54
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 3 2 5 1 10 1 1 1 0 0 28
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 7 5 12 8 4 1 0 2 2 2 82
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 6 4 10 6 11 1 0 1 2 1 73
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 6 4 10 4 10 1 1 2 1 0 60
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 2 7 9 3 8 2 2 3 0 0 45
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 4 5 9 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 30
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 4 6 10 5 4 1 2 1 0 0 42
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 4 4 8 4 14 1 0 1 1 0 57
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 12 4 16 8 9 2 0 1 5 1 114
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 5 4 9 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 48
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 5 3 8 3 6 0 0 1 1 0 46
16 Essendon W 62 - 78 4 8 12 7 7 1 2 1 1 0 61
17 West Coast Eagles L 67 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 North Melbourne W 130 - 64 8 2 10 6 5 2 0 1 1 0 63
19 Richmond L 105 - 77 6 5 11 6 2 2 2 2 2 1 65
20 Sydney Swans L 73 - 71 7 4 11 5 6 2 1 1 1 3 62
21 Brisbane Lions W 104 - 73 5 3 8 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 41
22 Port Adelaide W 115 - 64 10 1 11 8 11 3 0 2 1 1 85
23 Fremantle W 67 - 76 10 3 13 6 6 3 2 2 1 0 71
W1 West Coast Eagles L 86 - 70 4 1 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 18
SF GWS Giants W 69 - 59 7 4 11 3 6 2 1 5 0 0 63
PF Richmond W 58 - 97 13 2 15 11 4 1 0 2 3 1 108
GF West Coast Eagles L 79 - 74 9 0 9 7 8 1 1 4 2 0 82
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 9 148 89 237 119 164 35 18 38 25 12 1438

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 44
    • Kicks 5.4
    • Handballs 3.5
    • Disposals 8.8
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 8.8
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 58.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Richmond PF, 2018
Handballs 9 Geelong Cats Rd 6, 2017
Disposals 16 Melbourne Rd 12, 2018
Marks 11 Richmond PF, 2018
Hit-outs 43 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2017
Tackles 8 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2017
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 12, 2018
AFL Fantasy 128 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 148 89 237 119 164 35 18 38 25 12 1438
2017 Collingwood 38 32 70 29 145 5 7 23 10 5 551
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