Farmington senior Mitchell Fox and his team were all progressing nicely. Just a few years ago the Tigers completed a winless season and each year Fox had been on the team the win total had slowly, but steadily, gone up.…
Farmington senior Mitchell Fox and his team were all progressing nicely. Just a few years ago the Tigers completed a winless season and each year Fox had been on the team the win total had slowly, but steadily, gone up. Individually, Fox had come off a solid junior season and was ready to take the next step as a player to lead his team to the next level. Just two games into the season, Fox's progression hit a snag. With the potential of losing his entire senior season – as well as possibly his chance to play in college – his new focus became could he play just one more game.
“I broke my collarbone in the second game of the season,” said Fox.
Despite his injury, Fox is proud of the progress the team made.
“The season (for the team) went really well,” Fox said. “Last year we won two games. The teams we lost to this year we were competitive with. We are knocking on the door.”
The Tigers finished the season 4-4, and although Fox was able to get back for their playoff game, the Tigers fell to Hopkins. Initially, Fox wasn't expected back at all.
“I didn't do any physical therapy. I just did what I could,” Fox told northstarfootballnews.com. “The first two weeks I couldn't do much, but three or four weeks in I was able to do some exercises and start to get my range of motion back.”
Even though his senior season was totally sidetracked, Fox stayed positive – eventually.
“That first week back watching the team play – it really hit me that I might not get to play again. The doctor said it might be a week after the season before I could play again. I missed it so much, and it had only been a week. I said to myself ‘I am going to get back out there and play one more game at least.'”
He couldn't do much physically until he healed but did what he could to get back for one more game.
“I was guzzling down milk and fish oil. I asked my mom to get me some fish oil, and she came back from the store with a tube of fish oil. She didn't get me the pills, so I have to drink fish oil for a couple of weeks. It is a very interesting taste.”
When healthy, Fox feels he is best on short routes and route running in general. He also feels his footwork and ability to get off the line quickly are his strengths.
This winter Fox got in the weight room and put on ten pounds of muscle. This spring he will be playing baseball.
“I am a pitcher. I have been playing on the varsity since half-way through my sophomore year. I don't think I throw as hard as other kids, but I have good control and can paint the corners.”
Fox has had Division II interest since his junior year. The interest fell off a bit, but early in his senior season Concordia-St. Paul contacted him.
“(Farmington head coach Adam Fischer) told me it would be a good spot for me since they run the same type of offense as we do,” Fox said. “After I got injured I didn't talk to any coaches at all. After the season I contacted Concordia – St. Paul, St. Thomas and River Falls. When I went to Concordia to visit I just liked it. They are getting new (facilities). I want to go into business marketing, and the Twin Cities have a lot of Fortune 500 companies.”
Concordia-St. Paul struggled last season, but that did not faze Fox. They needed receivers, and at 6'3″ and 180 pounds, they liked his height.
“Three years ago Farmington went 0-9. The next year we went 2-7, and this year we were right around .500. I think that is what we can do at Concordia.”
If Fox helps to turn the Golden Bears around will be decided another day, but Fox has already won. He got to play one more game.