August 9, 2012

Media Day: Dixon ready to kick it into 2nd gear

Two years ago, or on February 8, 2010 to be exact, broke the news on Larry Dixon ' commitment to Army ...

... "For the Black Knights of Army, they received the pledge from a prospect that fits into that "last minute" category. This talented running back, is probably the biggest surprise for the 2010 recruiting class and the latest addition comes from 3-star running back Larry Dixon. Dixon, who committed and signed over the weekend to play football for Army, is someone who adds immediate value to this year's class."

And value he did add after spending his first post high school year at the USMAPS, but upon his arrival, Dixon made it clear from the outset, that he was the real deal. In 2011, he compiled 542 yards on the ground with an solid 6.2 yards per carry average to go along with 5 touchdowns.

But what should be exciting to Army fans is the excitement in Dixon's voice as he talks about this sophomore year and the kickoff of summer practice. "Ahhh man, it feels great ... we've been counting down since our 2011 season ended. Just to be getting back into, I'm excited."

With his frosh year in the rear view mirror, Dixon knows that he has an opportunity to be part of something very special offensively and when he took time to compare coming into the program last year as a freshmen versus this upcoming season ... he feels that he is ready to graduate to the next level.

Ahhh man, it feels great ... we've been counting down since our 2011 season ended.

- Fullback, Larry Dixon

"My mindset is that I'm a lot more comfortable back there," says the talented fullback. "Last year you know, when you are a freshman, you really don't know what to expect. You're playing with all new guys, but this year you have Trent (Steelman) and Malcolm Brown to be kind of our leaders and studs all over the place. Raymond Maples who has done big things and you see a lot of guys guiding, a lot of mature guys back there so it's a lot more comfortable back there and I'm feeling really good."

Another sophomore at fullback not to be taken lightly is up and coming Hayden Tippett (5'11" 234). The dynamic duo continue to push one another and Dixon feels that Tippett's presence only enhances the quality of both their games.

"Hayden Tippett is a great running back and spent all summer working out with each other," adds Dixon of his budding relationship with Tippett. "We were pushing each other every day. He kind of keeps me in check ... neither one of us will take a play off. We are real good friends, we hang out a lot and it's healthy competition between us."

The Pigskin Watch

For a squad that lead the nation in rushing, it's hard to find problematic areas, but the most notable and talked about was the backfield's inability to keep the ball off the ground. One problem that Dixon admits is an area that everyone needs to be sensitive to.

Although most of the chatter surrounds the fumble/turnover concern, for the native Bremerton (Wa.), there were a couple of occasions last season where he had apparent breakaway touchdowns and most notably against Rutgers at Yankee Stadium, but the 6-foot-0, 220 pounder was run down from behind.

"Absolutely," says Dixon, when asked is that both a concern and an area that he is hoping to improve upon. "You look back the film as hard as it was and I looked at those tough runs, but there were a couple of times that I would get caught from behind. So working out, I kind of had a chip on my shoulder, because you don't want to be that kind of guy that gets caught from behind. So this off-season, I had been pushing so that never happens and that was a big factor in the way I worked out this summer."

"And one of my other goals is to not put the ball on the ground at all," claims Dixon.

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