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Surgery ends Jason Fox's UM career

ORLANDO -- This wasn't the way things were supposed to end for Jason Fox. 

Jason Fox But after 47 career starts at tackle (third most ever at UM), his Hurricanes' career is now officially over. UM coach Randy Shannon announced Saturday that Fox has had season-ending "lower extremity" surgery. According to Canesport.com, Fox currently has an immobilizing brace on his left knee.

"We've really appreciated all of Jason's efforts this season as well as throughout his career," Shannon said in a statement released by the school. "He's had some nagging injuries this season and has played through the pain to the point where we as a coaching staff and athletic training staff feel like it would be best for him to not play in the bowl game. Jason has a bright future ahead in football and he needs to be 100 percent going forward."

Fox earned first team All-ACC honors this season. He was a two-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after wins over Oklahoma and Virginia. Through 11 games he graded out at 96 percent with 20 pancake blocks and 15 lumberjacks and allowed just one sack this season.

Fox missed the final regular season game of the year with what was first reported by WQAM as an irregular heartbeat. Junior Orlando Franklin started in his place at left tackle against USF, while freshman Brandon Washington got the start at left guard.

The Hurricanes are practicing Saturday and Sunday, but will take Monday off before resuming practice Tuesday. UM is scheduled to leave for Orlando on Christmas day.