He used his time on the sidelines to fine-tune his technical knowledge, but the main lesson Fox carried with him was the importance of supporting his fellow Tar Heels.
Come game time against Cal, Fox will focus on making sure his assignment is covered, the play calls are memorized and his job is flawlessly executed.
What sealed head coach Larry Fedora’s faith was Fox’s strong showing early last season — and the accompanying knowledge about playing a college game that you can only attain firsthand.
For a team lacking experience particularly on offense, every morsel of prior playing time that could bolster a strong defensive front is invaluable.
He believes his teammates are well prepared, and Cal redshirt sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers is a few days and one snap away from becoming a tackling target.
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