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Fox explodes for career day

Andrew Gastelum | Monday, December 2, 2013


PALO ALTO, Calif. – In his last regular season game in an Irish uniform, linebacker Dan Fox had a career day. The graduate student finished with a career-high 15 tackles, including a team-best seven solo stops, to lead the Irish on Saturday against Stanford. 

“Back-to-back weeks, [Fox has had] just a different level of focus, a different level of being locked in to understanding how to play the game,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. “… I really can’t wait to watch him play one more game.” 

Fox’s previous career high was 10 tackles, which came in back-to-back weeks earlier this season against Temple and Michigan.

Model of consistency 

With the start at left tackle, graduate student Zach Martin broke a Notre Dame school record for starts in a career. The game marked his 51st career start, breaking former offensive lineman Sam Young’s record of 50 career starts accumulated from 2006-2009.

Next man in

In making his first start for Notre Dame, sophomore defensive lineman Jarron Jones became the 18th different player to start a game on defense for Notre Dame this season. Jones filled in for senior nose guard Louis Nix, who is recovering from surgery on his meniscus.

Meanwhile, junior safety Eliar Hardy and sophomore safety Elijah Shumate did not travel with the team due to a violation of team rules. The pair was listed as co-starters on the Irish depth chart heading into Saturday. 

Contact Andrew Gastelum at agastel1@nd.edu