In his press conference on Monday, Mack Brown revealed that senior Tomon Fox was weighing his options on whether or not to use his available year of eligibility to return for the 2021 season. On Thursday afternoon, he made his decision official.
Via social media, Fox unveiled the news that he will be returning to the Tar Heels for one final season. Although he has struggled at times with consistency, Fox has put together a very solid career so far at Carolina, as he is tied for fifth in program history with 21.0 sacks and has posted back-to-back seasons with 7.0 sacks. Fox has also posted back-to-back seasons with 10.0 or more tackles for loss, becoming the first Tar Heel to have consecutive seasons of 7.0+ sacks and 10.0+ tackles for loss since Quinton Coples in 2010 and 2011.
His return is another significant boost for a Tar Heel defense that is now set to lose just one starter from this season. Fox’s return gives the Tar Heels their leader in sacks back for another year and should give this Tar Heel defense to be one of the top sack units in the country once again next season. He will also get one final shot to develop into a more complete edge rusher in hopes of extending his career beyond the college ranks, which will start by improving in ability to contain the edge in run defense.