A UGA spokesman could not confirm reports that Cox has been dismissed or that he’s seeking a transfer. Coach Kirby Smart was not available to comment about Cox’s absence.
Cox was already expected to be suspended for Georgia’s season opener due to a spring arrest for marijuana possession. He played in 12 games last season as a backup and started the Sugar Bowl in January in place of the injured D’Andre Walker. Cox totaled 20 tackles and one quarterback sack as a Bulldog.
Cox was one of seven 5-star signees in Georgia’s ballyhooed class of 2018. However, none of players are assured of a starting position this season.
Quarterback Justin Fields, the top-rated player, transferred to Ohio State after playing a back-up role last season. No. 1-ranked running back Zamir White was redshirted after suffering a preseason ACL injury. Cornerback Tyson Campbell started the first nine games of last season but lost his position to Eric Stokes.
Offensive lineman Cade Mayes also made seven starts before getting sidelined by injury. Outside linebacker Adam Anderson and offensive line Jamaree Salyer have yet to start for the Bulldogs.
Two other touted members of the 2018 class are no longer with the team. Tight end Luke Ford transferred to Illinois at the end of last season and cornerback Nadad Joseph fell short of academic eligibility requirements.