Miami Hurricanes Football

Darryl Sharpton and Jason Fox Drafted In The Fourth Round

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 23:  Linebacker Darryl Sharpton #50 of the University of Miami Hurricanes celebrates a drive ending interception in the fourth quarter by the Boston College Golden Eagles at the Orange Bowl Stadium on November 23, 2006 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Boston College 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Carlos PinedaCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

A day following the selection of the first Miami Hurricane player, a pair of Hurricanes, Darryl Sharpton and Jason Fox were drafted in the fourth of the NFL Draft.

The linebacker from Coral Gables was taken by the Houston Texans with the 102nd overall pick, while Fox, offensive tackle, went to the Detroit Lions as the 128th selection.

Sharpton led Miami solo tackles with 65 and total tackles (106) this season, being named to the All-ACC second team selection.

"I'm excited.  With all the anticipation building up the last couple of days I could hardly sleep last night," Sharpton said on the Houston Texans conference call. "I've been up since five o'clock this morning. I'm just so excited to be picked and I'm happy to go to Houston."

In his senior season, Sharpton was a force to be reckoned with, averaging 8.2 tackles per game.

Fox, the Forth Worth native, helped the UM offensive record the most yards since the 2004 season. He missed the final two games of the year with a left knee injury. Fox started in 47 career games, third all-time among Miami players.

"Well, we're excited about Jason. He's a tackle, he's tall, four-year starter, played right tackle, left tackle, played some tight end in unbalance and stuff like that, so he's got some versatility," Lions offensive line coach George Yarno said in a news release. "Extremely smart, team captain and all of those things. He's coming off of a knee and had some knee surgery at the end of the season.

"He's progressed really well and we feel by camp he'll be ready to go. I think he's someone that will really help us."

 

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