When I need a keen perspective on the state of Army football, senior fullback Larry Dixon is one of the guys I go to. This is a kid, after all, who carries around a copy of the constitution.
On heavy lifting:
“I’ve been lifting heavy for a long time, but these (coaches) take it to another level. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I’m more athletic than I’ve ever been.’’
On the team getting stronger this offseason:
“It’s awesome. A lot of these guys are my best friends. I look at these kids I’ve known two years, three years, four years from the prep school, and these guys are just different, and it’s just really nice.’’
On Army’s improving strength translating to wins:
“Absolutely. This whole thing is a change of mind set. The best word to describe Coach Monken is ‘winner’. He’s won everywhere he’s been and we are excited to learn from him. We have a very experienced staff with a lot of wins. They’ve done a lot of great things at their (previous) schools. This is a staff that is absolutely always going to push you to work harder.
“On the field it gives you a lot more confidence. I know what everybody’s going to do because this is going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.’’
On the opening day of practice:
“It was everything that we expected it to be. It was hard, it was tough, but we learned a lot. When we face any hardship, we are going to come together and get better.’’
On learning more about the game every day:
“Coach Krzyzewski used to talk about a basketball having all the knowledge that there is (inside of it) and he draws a little Sharpie marker and says, ‘That’s what I know about basketball.’ His mark was tiny. Mine is microscopic compared to our coaches. They just have so much knowledge about the game and so much insight to where I’m seeing the game develop in a different way. You can see guys just becoming smarter players and that’s just awesome.’’
On being rejuvenated by the new staff:
“It reenergizes you. We just all feel like if we can do what the coaches ask of us, we are going to be a better team.’’
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