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‘Uncle Mike' Relishes Leadership Role

‘Uncle Mike' Relishes Leadership Role

He may only be a sophomore, but at 23 years old he's anything but your typical second- year player. When referring to Mike Nixon, his teammates have ditched the grandpa jokes for his newest nickname, Uncle Mike. The elder statesman of the Sun Devils is considered one of the team's leaders as he assists his fellow linebackers these days in spring practice.

"If you know what you're doing out there and guys can ask you questions and you can help them out, then you're automatically in a leadership position," says Mike Nixon. Nonetheless, he too continues to improve and learn strategies with help from the new coaching staff. "We're working on fewer things, but getting better at them," he states. "Last year we had a lot of things that maybe we weren't...

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