ATHENS, Ohio – Redshirt senior cornerback Jalen Fox (Cincinnati, Ohio) saw action in all 13 games for Ohio during 2017. Fox registered 42 total tackles (28 solo, 15 assisted) for an average of 3.2 tackles per game. He recorded one sack for a loss of six yards, and snagged two interceptions, which he returned for a total of 38 yards. He also registered 11 pass breakups, which was second on the team.
OhioBobcats.com caught up with Fox following the Bobcats' ninth practice of fall camp today for a quick question and answer session.
Q: With nine practices in the books, how do you think camp is progressing?
A: "I think it's going pretty well. The young guys are picking it up and we're looking pretty good as a unit. I'm very impressed because not everyone is returning from last year, and I think now they're starting to get the system a lot better and we're all starting to pick each other up. Right now, it's just the little things like technique and that kind of stuff that we're trying to get better at."
Q: What have you done this offseason to prepare for September?
A: "I watched film. I watched the mistakes that I made last year and I'm trying to correct them for this coming season. Also, just extra works. Whether it's after lifting or with the corner group, just making sure we have our P's and Q's with technique."
Q: What is the turnover belt?
A: "The turnover belt came from the Unity Council. We decided as a group to have this turnover belt so that whenever we have a turnover - whether it's an interception or a forced fumble – we'll come and grab the belt and hold it up. Whoever makes a turnover, gets the belt."
Q: How many times have you had the turnover belt?
A: "I've had it two times so far. So I'm trying to get it some more."
Q: How has going up against a talented receiving core helped prepare the unit for this season?
A: "Some of the receivers are very quick. Andrew Meyer is very quick. Cam Odom is long and fast. It helps now, especially now that Cam is getting older, he's learning to shield off DBs a lot better, which is a major improvement for him. We're all just trying to make each other better at the end of the day."
Q: What are some of your personal goals for 2018?
A: I want to be one of the better corners in the MAC. I want to be able to self-correct a lot of the mistakes that I made last year. I want to try and not give up as many deep balls like I did last year, and I also want to be a better tackler."
Q: What are some team goals for this season?
A: "Number one in to win the MAC Championship. Number two is to win the MAC East. Number three is to go undefeated."
Ohio will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 with a 2 p.m. ET matchup against Howard at Peden Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).
2018 Ohio Football Fall Camp Remaining Schedule
Practice 10 – Aug. 16 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 11 – Aug. 17 – 9 a.m. (Scrimmage 1)
Practice 12 – Aug. 18 – 3 p.m.
Practice 13 – Aug. 20 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 14 – Aug. 21 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 15 – Aug. 22 – 8 a.m.
Practice 16 – Aug. 23 – 9:15 a.m. (Scrimmage 2)
Practice 17 – Aug. 24 – 8:40 a.m.