Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior quarterback Kellen Cox has been named one of three Outstanding Graduates as named by the MSSU Alumni Association. He has also been named a Dolence Award Honoree.
Cox is the second-straight Missouri Southern student-athlete to be named MSSU's Outstanding Graduate after women's soccer player Michelle Dimza was named in 2012.
Cox, who will receive a bachelor's degree in physical education on Saturday, May 11, was an honorable mention All-MIAA pick at quarterback this year. He is a fourt-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member; a nine-semester MSSU Football Captain; 2011-12 Sugar Bowl-Allstate good works Team member; 2012 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist; 2012 Missouri Southern E.O. & Virginia Humphrey award winner; and 2012 MSSU John Ware Memorial Scholarship winner. He also received the Glen Dolence Leadership award this semester.
Cox helped the Lions to break two records this season, while tying another as the Lions broke the school record for rushing yardage (3,043 yards), and rushing attempts (581), while tying the school record for rushing touchdowns (32). Cox, himeself, rushed for a team-high 867 yards and 13 touchdowns, while passing for 544 with two scores through the air.
On campus, Cox has served as treasurer of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He has been a Lifetime Sports Academy Counselor each year since 2008, Fellowship of Christian Athletes president in 2012 and an organizer of the All-Athlete Talent Show. He has been FCA president since his freshman year and a 5-year member of the Student Advisory Council. He helped raise over $4,000 for the "Make a Wish" Foundation and helped garner over 5,000 canned food products for local food pantries. He holds a 2013 Stewards of Children certification. worked for 8 years serving children at Vacation Bible School, six years helping children with disabilities on Special Olympics Mission trips in the U.S. and abroad. He currently works alongside employees of the Division of Youth Services, helping mentor high school boys.
He also started several programs and services for students to keep they away from drugs, alcohol, gang activities and violence.
He has been named a Regional Director for the headquarters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City, Mo. and will start his position soon after graduation.