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Gullo Athlete of the Month--Colbey Nixon
July 13, 2012By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - North Houston
Magnolia High School
It’s no secret that the Magnolia Bulldogs have had their struggles since the 2008 season. However, with seven starters returning on both offense and defense this fall, there is room for hope for head coach Andy Sexton’s squad.
Led by 6-foot-1, 225-pound, Colbey Nixon, the Bulldogs are eager to snap their playoff drought by taking aim at one of four playoff spots in the competitive District 18-4A.
“I think we’re going to surprise some people this season,” says Nixon. “We have a new spread offense that works around QB Noah McGowan’s skill set and we’re excited about the transition to the 3-4 defense.”
A new look offense and defense won’t be the only change for the Bulldogs and Nixon this season. Despite being a senior, Nixon will make the jump from defensive end to outside linebacker this fall in a move that he hopes will help the team and improve his chances at playing football at the next level.
“The biggest thing that I need to work on is changing my old defensive end habits and tweaking my technique as a linebacker,” says Nixon, who is receiving interest from UTSA, UTEP and Houston.
After posting 50-plus tackles and five sacks last year for a Bulldogs’ squad that finished 3-7 with a 2-5 mark in district play, Nixon says that the change to linebacker isn’t all that foreign to him.
“The transition hasn’t been that difficult because I played the linebacker in junior high and I still have that instinct,” he says. “The position change just takes a bit of time to familiarize with, but the concepts are similar.”
With changes all around the program, the next step is to make a return to the playoffs. Although the district boasts solid programs such as Brenham and Magnolia West, the Bulldogs are set on accomplishing their goals and sending the seniors off with a playoff berth.
“The one thing that we are really striving for is to make the playoffs this season,” says Nixon. “We know it is going to be difficult, but it is what we are motivated by and to prove that we’re on the map.
“We’ve been in a slump since the 2008 season and I think we’re tired of that. We are hoping to use that fire as an advantage for us because ultimately when you get sick of losing; it makes you want to practice that much harder.”
With changes on both sides of the ball and new faces in the district, Nixon says the Bulldogs are up to the task and ready for the challenge at hand.
“Change is good,” he says.