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One of the best defensive players on BYU's 2003 football team was true freshman David Nixon. Back from his two-year Mormon mission, Nixon is eager to get back on the field. Nixon will be a welcome addition to a linebacking corps that graduates two starters.

"I got back a week ago," David Nixon said. "I haven't even got a chance to talk to the coaches yet. But I did talk to [Academic Advisor] Jim Hamblin and he said the coaches are excited to have me back."

Nixon left for his mission to Ecuador at 6'3" and 225 pounds; he came back at 6'3", 200.

"I got sick about 3 times during my mission," Nixon said. "I lost a lot of muscle."

Only back for a week, Nixon has already been hitting the weights and cannot wait to start working hard for next season. While on his mission he tried his best to stay in decent shape.

"With about four months left in my mission a new rule came out that we could not lift weights anymore," Nixon said. "I still was able to do push ups and sit ups and BYU coaches sent me rubber bands to work out with."

Nixon said he knows his body well and believes he can get back into playing shape by next season.

"I haven't lost my passion for the game," Nixon said. "I'm going to do everything I can to get myself ready for next season, but if I feel my body doesn't respond, I may have to take a redshirt year. I can't wait to get back to Cougar Stadium."

When Nixon left Provo, Gary Crowton was the head coach. He returns to a new sheriff in Bronco Mendenhall.

"I was really excited when I heard Coach Mendenhall was the new head coach," Nixon said. "He was the defensive coordinator when I was there, and I loved the spirit he brought to the defense. Now he has brought that attitude to the whole team, and BYU looks good."

Nixon said his grandfather, father and brothers would keep him updated on the football team when he was gone. He also kept in contact with Corby Hodgkiss while on his mission and is excited to see another football friend in Kellen Fowler who will be back in May.

For those who remember watching Nixon as a true freshman, he was a very fast, sure tackling linebacker. Tackling is one thing that the defense can really use help with. When asked if he lost his tenacity while on his LDS mission, Nixon said he will not be soft but will be just as intense as he was before he left.

Nixon's leadership will also be a welcomed addition to the football team. He is a well-spoken and upstanding person. He said that his mission was the best experience of his life, and he cannot wait to apply the lessons he learned on his mission to playing football.

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