NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 26, 2009) -- Two CAA Football players including William and Mary’s Derek Cox and Richmond’s Lawrence Sidbury were selected Sunday during day two of the National Football League’s 2009 Draft in New York, N.Y. The two drafted players extend a streak of seven-straight years multiple players have been selected from CAA Football.
Cox, a cornerback for the Tribe, was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round (73rd overall). Cox was a two-time All-CAA Football selection and finished his senior season tied for fifth in the league with four interceptions, returning a pair of those for touchdowns. While opposing quarterbacks often elected to avoid throwing to his side of the field, Cox ranked 11th in the league with 0.82 passes defended per game. He also made a significant impact on special teams returning punts, averaging 16.4 yards per return with a pair of touchdowns. Cox finished his career with 172 tackles and nine interceptions.
Cox, a native of Winterville, N.C., was the first William and Mary player to be drafted since NFL All-Pro defensive back Darren Sharper was selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 1997 Draft. Cox is also the first CAA Football player selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars since the franchise joined the NFL in 1995.
Sidbury, a defensive end for the NCAA Division I National Champion Spiders, was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (125th overall). Sidbury was the catalyst of a defense which led the Spiders to the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship, finishing the season with 11.5 sacks, including a career-best four in the national championship game win over Montana. Anchored by the Cheltenham, Md., native, Richmond limited the Grizzlies to just 39 yards rushing and to its lowest point total in more than two seasons. His 11.5 sacks in 2008 ranks third on the Spiders’ single-season list, while his 20.5 career sacks ranks fourth all-time at Richmond. Sidbury was a 2008 CAA Football First Team selection, named the College Sporting News Playoff Most Valuable Player and was a Sports Network All-American.
Sidbury is the third Richmond player to be drafted in the last two seasons as Arman Shields (fourth round - Oakland) and Tim Hightower (fifth round - Arizona) were each taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Falcons organization has now drafted four CAA Football athletes, as Sidbury is the first since Atlanta took Maine’s Daren Stone in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
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