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Who is Preston Fox? More about the spring game standout

During the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, one player caught the attention of fans, coaches, players, and SportsCenter Top Ten. That player was Preston Fox, a Morgantown native who walked on to the WVU football team in 2020 and earned a scholarship following his impressive Saturday performance.

Fox, a redshirt sophomore, had a relatively quiet redshirt freshman year for the Mountaineers in 2021, as he saw action in five games and was primarily used on special teams. He earned his first collegiate start against Long Island University and was named the WVU Special Teams Scout Champion against Iowa State.

Following the spring game, fans are excited to see what Fox will add to WVU’s offense in the 2022 season.

The 5’10” receiver totaled 117 yards for five receptions on Saturday, leading the gold team to victory. The moment that left fans speechless was his one-handed catch for 39 yards, beating out freshman cornerback Mumu Bin-Wahad’s coverage.

His one-handed grab was featured on SportsCenter Top Ten, receiving attention from sports fans all over the country.

In high school, Fox was a standout at Morgantown High as a wide receiver and defensive back. He received several offers from smaller schools, but decided to stay in Morgantown, knowing he wanted to walk on at West Virginia.

In January 2020, Fox joined the roster as a preferred walk-on. Fox’s former high school coaches knew he had special talent that would fit in with Neal Brown’s coaching, and they were right – Brown awarded Fox a full scholarship for his efforts over the spring.

“If I was going to list the traits of a receiver in catching the football, he’d be right at the top,” said Brown. “The kid just catches the football.”

Fox is one of three Morgantown natives on the WVU football roster, next to linebacker Caden Biser and offensive lineman Nick Malone, who was awarded the Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award at the spring game.

As Morgantown natives have impressed the coaching staff during spring ball, Fox looks to continue his efforts and see some action on the field as a receiver in the fall.

Following Saturday’s achievements, Fox expressed his gratitude for Mountaineer Nation on Twitter.

“I’ve been working for this since I was a kid,” said Fox. “Thank you to everyone who has believed in me and helped me make it this far.”

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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