Senior "B" back captain Larry Dixon was a workhorse. Dixon had his best season as he ran 190 times for 1,102 yards, averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. He was the perfect fullback for offensive coordinator Brent Davis's spread option with its focus on the fullback dive. Dixon set his single game rushing high against Buffalo in the opener with 174 yards then broke it with 188 rushing yards against Ball State. Dixon passed legendary Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis to move into fourth place on the Army all-time list with 3,188 career yards. Interestingly, he tied with Heisman Trophy winner Felix “Doc” Blanchard, the legendary Mr. Inside, with 26 career touchdowns. Dixon received First team All FBS Independent, First Team All East and First Team
All Independent honors by Phil Steele. He also was an excellent blocker when called upon. Larry had a great career and he will be missed.
Junior Matt Giachinta ran with a lot more authority and confidence this spring but it never translated to the field this fall. Giachinta carried the ball 46 times for 152 yards, a paltry 3.3 average with a touchdown. Giachinta is a strong player but seems to lack run skills and the ability to break tackles. His longest run this year was just 15- yards. He's used mostly on short yardage. Matt looked like a different player last spring but that may have been the result of him squaring up against the mediocre Army defense. He had his best game of his career against Western Kentucky with 13 carries for 63 yards.
Aaron Kemper was moved back to fullback after playing running back last fall. The short bowling bowl sized Kemper appeared in 10 games (158 yards, 6.3 avg., TD) is a lot better fit at fullback where he played since high school. Kemper is a very short, stocky muscular runner who is solid as a rock. He was the 2012 USMAPS MVP as a fullback. Kemper has quick feet and due to his lack of height, just 5-6, can often get lost behind Army's offensive line making it hard for opposing defenses to see him at times. Kemper lacks breakaway speed which was seen against Yale when he was run down from behind on his season long 74-yard scamper.
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