Junior "B" back Larry Dixon showed his value when he went down twice with injuries that caused him to miss three games. He demonstrated his toughness when he played against Navy with a cast on his broken wrist. In the fall Dixon ran 111 times for 705 yards, averaged 6.4 yards per carry and scored six times. Dixon was named to Phil Steele Midseason all-Independent as a second team selection but his injuries cost him the chance to make the final team. The slimmed down Dixon was able to carry his speed when he broke free this year on touchdown runs of 71-yards against Ball State and 80-yards versus Boston College. Dixon had been run down from behind in previous seasons.
Senior Hayden Tippett played in the first seven games before being injured against Eastern Michigan. He didn't play again till late in the blowout loss against Navy. Tippett's physical, hard charging running style made him an invaluable fullback and blocker. He was really missed on short yardage situation late in the year after Dixon was out. Tippett carried the ball 32 times for 149 yards and a 4.7 rushing average.
Sophomore Matt Giachinta (27 atts., 112 yards, 4.1 avg.,
1 TD) has few issues on mess hand-offs and the quality of the B-back play dropped when he played. Giachinta was solid in his appearances but he lacked the power and run skills of Dixon and Tippett.
2013 Army Report Card: Fullbacks
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