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Football By: Tim Andrzejewski (tim.andrzejewski@rice.edu)

Jack Fox Accepts Invite to East-West Shrine Game

HOUSTON — Rice punter Jack Fox has accepted an invitation to play in the 94th East-West Shrine Game, held January 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
 
Fox becomes the first Owl selected to the East-West Shrine game since Bryce Callahan and Jordan Taylor participated in 2014. It is also the second straight year that Rice has had someone participate in a postseason All-Star game, as Trey Martin played in the Tropical Bowl last year.
 
Fox, who was named First Team All-Conference, led C-USA in punting for the second straight year, averaging 45.5 yards per punt while leading the nation with a school record 3,636 punting yards. His average was second best in the nation among punters with at least 60 punts and ranked eighth nationally among all punters.
 
A Ray Guy Award Semifinalist, he led the league with 26 punts of at least 50 yards and 31 punts inside the 20-yard line. Behind Fox, Rice set a school record for net punting (40.11) while placing 18th nationally. He also kept the opposition to a kickoff return average of 16.1, which was sixth in the nation and Rice's lowest since 1999.
 
At North Texas, he averaged 47.3 yards per punt over seven punts, including a career-best 76-yarder, which is the eighth longest in the country this year. He placed five of them inside the 20 and one inside the 10. His performance at North Texas earned him the Ray Guy Punter of the Week Award.
 
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