Freshman OL Fox Reflects on First Start

Freshman right tackle Jason Fox did something that hadn't been done since 1995 when Richard Mercier started as a freshman on the offensive line.

But Jason Fox, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound freshman out of Crowley, Texas, did it in his first ever game and against the University of Miami's arch rival Florida State on national television. He also overcame two older players in Tyrone Byrd and Chris Rutledge to earn the starting position that wasn't decided until five minutes before kickoff according to offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

After losing a heart breaker to Florida State 13-10, Fox was clearly disappointed in the loss and evaluated his performance individual performance and that of his team.

"I should have done better and the offense should have done a lot better," Fox said dejectedly. "We should have won this game."

It wasn't anything that Fox says he didn't expect. Florida State came at his hard, but for the most part, Fox held his own quite well. The offensive line allowed only three total sacks, but Kyle Wright did feel a lot pressure throughout the game.

But it wasn't because of the line's lack of experience with each other.

"We were communicating well," Fox said. "We just made a lot of dumb mistakes that cost us, a lot of dumb penalties. It was just a lot of stuff that just shouldn't have happened."

As a very young offensive tackle, Fox will only get better as he is in a select group of players that has started the opening game as a true freshman, but he knows he's got a ways to go to get where most major Division I players want to end up and that's the NFL.

He's not thinking that far ahead though, just frustrated with the outcome of his first ever game at the University of Miami, a loss to rival Florida State.

"I've got to get better," Fox said. "I mean obviously I didn't do well enough. If we would have won, maybe it would have been different, but I've got to get better. That's the bottom line."

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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