Dennis hungry after early injury last season

Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it's hard to figure out why things happen, especially negative events that causes frustration and adversity. Southern Methodist University's Rock Dennis can lend personal testimony to the prior statements.

Everything happens for a reason.

Sometimes it's hard to figure out why things happen, especially negative events that causes frustration and adversity.

Southern Methodist University's Rock Dennis can lend personal testimony to the prior statements.

The talented defensive back suffered a season ending shoulder injury the week before the Mustang's season opener against Texas Tech last fall.

"It was the most frustrating thing I have ever dealt with in my life," Dennis told PonyStampede.com in a recent interview. "Everything was going great, I was having a great fall camp, I was about to live my dream of playing D1 football, then my dream was postponed until this fall."

Dennis received a medical red shirt for last season, giving the projected strong safety two more seasons to play football for the Mustangs.

"Everything happens for a reason," Dennis said. "Now I get to play two years under Coach (June) Jones and this new coaching staff. I'm very excited about what's about to happen here at SMU."

According to Dennis, there is a new attitude on the Mustang's defensive unit.

"Everyone is hustling," Dennis said. "The new staff is teaching us to rely on our talents, but to also rely on our teammates more. We are now confident we can count on each other, that's so much different than last year."

There is also a new attitude as far as workouts are concerned.

"There has been a big change in everyone's attitude," Dennis said. "Everyone isn't satisfied in just doing enough to get by. Everyone is pushing themselves a lot harder this spring and summer."

This summer has also been different for Dennis; he plans on doing everything he can do to help this team win now.

"I take losing personally," Dennis said. "I don't like losing, Coach Jones doesn't like losing, and he wants us to have fun. He teaches the best way to have fun is to win."

Dennis also likes Coach Jones relaxed attitude and approach to the game.

"Everything is so much relaxed," Dennis said. "Everyone on the team is getting better; we understand the new system better everyday. We will be ready by fall."


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