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Nixon Shines in Overall Defensive Effort

Nixon Shines in Overall Defensive Effort

The Sun Devils are 7-0, and a large part of their success has been due to the steadfast and at times explosive defense. This unit has had at least one interception in their last nine games, and an interception returned for a touchdown in each of their last three contests. Linebacker Mike Nixon was an important element in Saturday night's victory over Washington.

Washington's freshman quarterback, Jake Locker, not only had the ability to lush out of the pocket, but also had an effective passing game at times to boot. "Their offense revolved around [Jake Locker] and we knew we needed to take him out and make him throw it," explained Nixon. "We knew he could run so we had to take what he does best away, and it worked out." Nixon, who had five tackles and a...

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