Jason Fox: UM Offensive Rookie of the Year

OT Jason Fox

Earlier this month freshman offensive tackle Jason Fox was named Miami's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Jason Fox started the first 11 games of the season before suffering a dislocated elbow and missing the regular-season finale.

Fox, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 295 pounds, is expected to make his return to the lineup and play against Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl on Dec. 31. He has been slowly eased back on the practice field as a precaution.

He has started seven games at right tackle and four at left tackle when Reggie Youngblood has been injured. According to the UM bowl media guide, Fox has not allowed a sack all season, which vaulted him to winning Miami's Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

"It's a tremendous honor especially with the amount of talent we had coming in with J.J. (Javarris James), Sam (Shields), Ryan Hill, and all of those guys," Fox said. "It just feels great and it is a huge honor. All of those guys deserved it as much as I did."

Fox has had a successful freshmen season by many standards, however there were some things he wants to continue to improve on.

"I think I played well for the most part, but there are a lot of things I can still improve on technique-wise," Fox said. "Just hard work in the off-season and I'll get to where I want to be."

Coming into two-a-days in August, Fox had an idea he would receive playing time and what it would be like. However, he still had to adapt to the game speed and the rigors of a college season.

"All it takes is a little time to get used to it."

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2007

Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal left earlier this month to be the head coach at Florida International, which was disappointing for Fox.

"It's really tough to see him go," Fox said. "I've only been with him for one season, but it is quite impressive with all of things he has taught me and has really affected my life."

Miami will return four offensive line starters next season with center Anthony Wollschlager as the only departure.

"I think that will help us tremendously," Fox said. "We have a lot of talent coming back with D-Mo (Derrick Morse), Reggie, (Andrew) Bain, and all of those guys. There's no telling how far we can go and how much we will improve. I think we will be really good for years to come."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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