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Sports

Suburban Life Most Valuable Athlete: Tyquan Cox, Glenbard West, senior, football

Tyquan Cox
Tyquan Cox

WHY HE WAS SELECTED:

Tyquan Cox, Glenbard West's senior running back, ran for 129 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown in the Hilltoppers' 21-7 win over Hinsdale Central, their sixth straight.

Cox the previous week ran for 127 yards and four TDs, and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a fifth TD, to beat Lyons Township. Cox talked to Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge about his season. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: How big of a win was it to beat Hinsdale?

Cox: It was a huge win for us. [Glenbard West] coach [Chad] Hetlet used to coach there, it's big for conference, we needed to make sure we got the job done. The defense did a great job, the O-line did a great job. We were clicking on all cylinders.

Welge: Have you ever played in a game that started one night, and finished the next day like that one?

Cox: We were actually pretty prepared for it. We usually have Friday night practices and the next day we wake up at like 6 a.m. for games. It was fun.

Welge: It seems like you had success being used as a decoy, right?

Cox: We have had those kind of packages for a while. We knew going into later in the year that other teams would key on me. We were doing counters to get other people the ball. It really messes up the defenses, because they have to respect me, and gives other guys the chance to make plays.

Welge: What's new with recruiting?

Cox: Western Illinois came and watched me practice, and I visited Indiana State. I'm going to a Western Illinois game and I'm hoping to hear back from Western Michigan, that's my No. 1 school.

Welge: What's your thoughts on the rest of the season?

Cox: Obviously we want to win a conference title. We can get that done this week on our home field. We hope to get Hitter Jacks on Thanksgiving weekend, play for that state title.

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