August 22, 2007

2007 Football Player Preview: Safety Tim Bax

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The Red’s defense was a key part of the team’s success last season, finishing fourth in the Ivy League in yards allowed (328 yards/game) and keeping the squad in many games when the inconsistent offense struggled to score points. Entering the 2007 season, the defensive unit is primed to have an even better season by returning 10 starters, led by junior safety Tim Bax.
Despite being just a sophomore, Bax earned an All-Ivy honorable mention last season and asserted himself as one of the league’s top defenders. Starting all 10 games for the Red, Bax racked up 57 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a team-best 7.5 tackles for loss.
As a freshman in 2005, Bax also earned two Ivy League Rookie of the Week selections and led all Ancient Eight rookies with 40 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.
The junior is known for his tremendous instincts and a knack for making big plays at key times. For instance in the Cornell’s 14-7 win over No. 15 Princeton on October 28th, Bax’s 41-yard interception return set up a one-yard touchdown that put the Red up for good. Look for the defensive standout to light up wide receivers all season long at Schoellkopf and lead what should be a very stingy Cornell secondary.