• position Offensive Guard
  • height 6-4
  • Weight 298
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Nicholasville, Ky.
  • High school West Jessamine

2021 – Sophomore

  • Midseason All-American (ESPN, AP)
  • Started at right guard in the first nine games of the season before suffering a season-ending hand injury vs. Tennessee
  • Named SEC Co-Offensive Line Player of the Week in helping UK pile up 330 rushing yards in the win over LSU … Played every offensive snap and graded at 91 percent … Led the offensive line with seven knockdown blocks and had 15 blocks at the point of attack, including Will Levis’ quarterback sneak for a touchdown … Did not have any missed assignments and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures
  • Earned his first career start vs. ULM
  • Recovered a fumble in the end zone vs. Missouri, giving him his first career score
  • Also recovered a fumble at South Carolina

2020 – r-Freshman 

  • Back up at left guard behind Kenneth Horsey
  • Saw action in eight games
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2019 – Freshman 

  • Redshirt season
  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. UT Martin at left guard
  • Mid-year enrollee

High School

  • A three-star recruit by and
  • Ranked as the No. 14 Kentucky prospect in the class of 2019 by 247Sports
  • Has the versatility to play at either offensive guard or tackle
  • Has been instrumental in West Jessamine improving its win total each season of his prep career
  • Named to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl watch list
  • Represented West Jessamine at the Louisville vs. Bluegrass Senior All-Star Game
  • Coached by John Gilliam
  • Chose UK over Cincinnati, Marshall, Ohio and Toledo

Community Cats

  • Volunteered at Rosewood Elementary (2020)
  • Volunteered at LexCity Church and Florence Baptist Church (2020)
  • Volunteered for a weekend of service in Harlan County, Ky., with other UK student-athletes, where he worked with nonprofit organizations Willing Hearts and Club 180 Ministry, and also helped the Harlan County Youth Football League with various projects
  • Participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Men’s Conference at Southland Christian (2020)


  • Born in Nicholasville, Kentucky
  • Son of John and Katherine Cox
  • Siblings are Avery and Ellie
  • Major is integrated strategic communications with a business minor
  • One of three representatives for UK football on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Eli  Says

  • He chose Kentucky because he wanted to represent his state
  • His hidden talent is his photoshop skills
  • His dream job is to go into sports broadcasting
  • One word to describe him on the field is “aggressive”
  • If he could create a holiday he would call it “National Super Bowl Monday” and everyone would have the day off after the Super Bowl
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