Dollens, the Bartlesville, Oklahoma native has made a quick recovery from his surgery. Even though he did not have the chance to participate in spring ball, he still made a 100% recovery within a 3 month time span.
"I'm really just looking forward to training camp coming up so I can get back into pads. That's where all of the hard work we have put in this summer becomes fun."
With fall camp coming up in four days, the players are all trying to get rested and refreshed this week so that they can be on top of their games when camp starts.
"It's important for us to go into camp with full intensity and full force. If we want to succeed this season, it all starts with setting the tone in camp," Dollens told PonyStampede.com last Friday afternoon.
Up on the Hilltop there has been a renewed sense of life and a renewed sense of energy this summer. The players are confident going into camp and the student body seems to have more support for the team than in many years.
Much of the buzz surrounding the team is due to the arrival of Coach June Jones and his coaching staff. Sure, Coach Jones brings with him a recent trip to a BCS bowl, and a resume which includes a completely resurrected Hawaii football team, but that isn't why the players are so excited to have him here.
"This new staff is very refreshing," Dollens said, adding "they are very optimistic. They treat us with so much respect, and in return we treat them with the utmost respect. Coach Hill, Coach Gansz, I've talked to a lot; they really give me a good outlook, an optimistic outlook. It really makes coming to practice fun."
When players are looking forward to coming to practice every day and working hard, that always makes for a successful team. The practices are more efficient and the players get better because of it.
For Mickey Dollens, he is on the same page as the rest of the team, and they want to take this season one game at a time. They know there could be something special brewing this season for the Mustangs, and they are just looking to take it all in.
"We want to make a bowl game, but we can't be looking that far ahead. We have to start with Rice and take it from there. That's really all we can do."