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Fox knew he would play football again. But he never thought about playing at ACU, not until Tony Harp a friend from high school who'll be a senior safety for the Wildcats in the fall told Thomsen about Fox's desire to play again.

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"Division II, the way the rules are set up, it's an opportunity for guys to get a second chance," Thomsen said. "Division I, you can't do that. In Division I, you only get five years from the day you start. At Division II, it's different. You don't have to have it in consecutive periods. So a guy like Kyle or Bernard Scott or Billy Malone all benefited from that rule. You hope guys take advantage of that second opportunity that Division II provides."

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This could be Fox's final chance at redemption, too.

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Brown and Fox could make for a potent 1 2 combination for the Wildcats, who open the season against Northwest Missouri State on Aug. 27 at Shotwell Vans For Men Black And Brown

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"He's done a nice job in spring ball so far," ACU coach Chris Thomsen said. "He's made some good runs. He's still learning what he's doing, and he's still getting his feet back under him. He's been out for a good while. But you can tell he's a talented player, and he works hard. I think he's a guy who can help us, He's just got to continue academically to keep his stuff in order."

Fox ran for 1,417 yards and 15 touchdowns on 160 carries as a freshman at ASU in 2005. The Converse Judson graduate also caught 19 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Rams to a 9 3 season and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Fox was named the Lone Star Conference South Division freshman of the year and also was named to the all LSC South first team.

Together, Malone and Scott led the Wildcats to an 11 1 record and their first Lone Star Conference championship since 1977 and first outright since 1973. ACU also reached the third round of the 2008 playoffs.

Scott was kicked off the football team at Central Arkansas because of an altercation with a coach in the spring of '05, after rushing for 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Bears and earning Gulf South Conference freshman of the year honors in '04. Scott thought his football career was over at that point, but returned to football at Thomsen's urging. He played a season at Blinn in '06, before transferring to ACU in '07. Before finishing his career with the Wildcats in the fall, Scott became the school's all time leading rusher in only two seasons and won the Harlon Hill Trophy given to the best player in Division II.

"This is very important," he said. Saturday at Shotwell Stadium. Admission is free. Fans are asked to park and sit on the west side of the stadium, because high winds on Thursday damaged at least one light tower on the east side. Restrooms on the east side won't be open either. The Wildcats open the season Aug. 27 against Northwest Missouri State at Shotwell Stadium. The Bearcats beat ACU in the third round of the playoffs last season before losing in the national title game for the fourth consecutive season.

After getting his grades back up in junior college, Fox enrolled at ACU this semester. He's been practicing with the Wildcat football team since spring practice started March 2.

"I guess Tony called them and told them I wasn't doing anything, but going to school back home," Fox said. "So Coach T called me and said he wanted me, if I could get here. I busted my tail getting my grades in. I'm here."

Fox wouldn't be the first football player to have his career revived at ACU. Running back Bernard Scott and quarterback Billy Malone both spent years out of football before getting a second chance at ACU.

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But the key will Fox's success in the classroom.

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If Fox maintains his grades and returns to form on the football field, he could be a big boon to an ACU team in dire need of a productive running back with the loss of Scott. Fifth year senior Patrick Washington, who ran for 94 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in 2008, returns and the Wildcats also will get some help from junior college transfer Reggie Brown, who led the Southwest Junior College Football Conference in 2008. Brown ran for 1,278 yards and 10 touchdowns playing for Blinn College last season.

Fox failed in the classroom.


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As a result, Fox had to pack up his things including his dreams and return home to San Antonio.

"The main thing is staying on my grades and studying more," Fox said. "I guess as a freshman that was my pet peeve Mbt Walking Shoes

Malone didn't play football for four years before joining the Wildcats in 2005. He went on to become a four year starter and the all time LSC passing leader. Malone finished his senior season in the fall. He was redshirted at Tulane in 2002 and didn't play football because of a medical condition the following two seasons. He was cleared to play football in '05, and the rest is history.

"Reality kicked in after that," Fox said. "I always thought football, football, football. My mom used to tell me, 'You're a student athlete, not an athlete student.' I guess I had to learn the hard way."

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"We could be real strong in that area again," Thomsen said. "That's what we hope."

"That really killed me," Fox said. "My motivation was football. I knew I wasn't done playing. I knew I still had something in me. I wanted to get back on the football field, so I knew I had to go to school."

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