Fox suffered his left shoulder injury during the West Central game and missed five games.
“The doctors were impressed with his healing abilities,” Roth said. “He drank more milk than he’s ever drank to get calcium into his system. He’s an athletic kid and a healthy, athletic kid who takes good care of himself. His body fat is minimal.”
Fox rushed for 385 yards and six touchdowns and averaged 10.1 yards per rush over the first five and a half games of the season. He passed for 416 yards and six TDs with one interception.
“I don’t know how many reps he’ll get, probably not as many as he would like,” Roth said. “I do know [offensive coordinator] Mark [Hendryx] wants to use him on offense as much as he can and we’ll go from there.
“I don’t know how many reps he’ll get on the other side of the ball. We’ll see how he feels. He’s been running for over a week and doing conditioning stuff with us.”
Backup quarterback J.T. Garnett has passed for 450 yards and 10 TDs with one interception.
“The nice thing is we know what J.T. can do and if Parker struggles a bit there J.T. will be there to pick up the pieces,” Roth said. “He’ll still get some playing time. He’ll go back into the receiver rotation and play special teams.”
Roth said Dakota Rogers and Kolten Scott have done a good job filling in for Fox at safety and that they and Luke Pugh could see time there tonight as well.
Senior fullback Tyler Katschke has rushed for 1,747 yards and 29 TDs this year to lead the Warriors. He’s averaging 10.3 yards per carry. He rushed for 200 yards and four TDs on 29 carries in last week’s 41-20 win over No. 7 Whiting.