Army opened its second week of spring football practice. The team hit the practice field three times…
2012 Army Report Card: Fullbacks
Larry Dixon had a productive sophomore season at the "B" back or fullback position. Dixon started eleven of the twelve games this season and finished the year with 140 carries for 839 yards, averaged six yards per carry and scored six touchdowns. Dixon started the season on fire rushing for at least 112 yards in three of the first five games while scoring five touchdowns. Larry injured his hamstring against Kent State and later his ankle against Rutgers which slowed him down in the second half. He missed the Eastern Michigan game and was limited against Ball State. Dixon has a tremendously powerful lower body, huge thighs with an excellent leg drive. He has exceptional balance and quick feet. At his best he has a good burst, is extremely physical and was tackled only once for a loss the entire season. Dixon lacks a second gear, this was hampered even more by his second half injuries, and he was usually run down when he broke free in the open field. While Dixon was involved in the fumbled mesh hand-off on the last drive against Navy, he only fumbled three times the entire year. Dixon is also a very good lead blocker when Army runs its counters.
Junior Hayden Tippett played in all twelve games and started two at fullback this year. Tippett's physical, bull-in-a-china shop type running style allowed him to beat out former thousand yard rusher Jared Hassin for the back-up slot. The former direct admit is a very hard worker in the weight room and is one of the most improved players on the team. Tippett ran well (46 attempts, 234 yards, 5.1 avg., 1 TD) in his appearances demonstrating both power and strength. Hayden started the Eastern Michigan and Temple games. This best game was against Ball State after Dixon aggravated his sore hamstring. Tippet ran twenty times for 100 yards. He finished Army's first touchdown drive by running over Ball State's defensive back J.C. Wade like a truck to score on a seven yard touchdown run. Uncharacteristically Tippett did fumble to end a promising drive just before the end of the first half in the same game against Ball State. That was Tippett's only fumble all year and he was never tackled for a loss.
Senior Dan McGue played in two games. He carries three times for nine yards and fumbled late against Temple. Freshman Matt Giachinta started for the Army JV team and was promoted after the JV season ended. He saw time (2 att., 6 yards) versus Rutgers late in the year. One time one-thousand yard rusher Jared Hassin (4 att., 24 yards) quit the team following the Eastern Michigan game. Hassin lost the confidence of the coaching staff due to his fumbling the ball the previous two years.
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