June 5, 2010
Willis athletes impress at Baylor
With the 2010 regular season only a few months away, the Baylor staff broke for their first on nine summer camps on Thursday in Waco. Several attendees stood out, but a cadre of Willis athletes who won't even be able to sign until 2012 made some of the biggest waves of all.
"It went pretty good," said Willis quarterback Fred Nixon. "We went through their drills and worked one-on-ones with everyone. I really liked the staff. They taught me some things I didn't know and just kept me going the whole time."
After breaking up into individual position groups, members of the Baylor staff coached the players at their respective positions with a focus on individual skills that are difficult to train during the course of a season.
"I got to play against some pretty good athletes, so I got to see their games and I tried to incorporate them into mine to make me better," said 6-foot-5, 200-pound Willis receiver, Quan West. "The coaching staff kept it pretty fun, though. They talked to us a lot and in I just really liked the experience."
Willis athlete Demarcus Kizzie was also on hand, and while the position he will be playing on the next level is still up in the air, he worked as a wide receiver in front of the Baylor staff.
"Working with the wide receivers, I feel like I did well," Kizzie said. "There were some really good players out there, both on offense and defense. I feel like I did well compared to everyone, though."
Though Willis didn't have their ideal year in 2009 as far as their overall record goes, Nixon, Kizzie, and West return with a squad that brings with it the rare combination of youth and experience.
"We didn't do so hot last season; our record was 3-7," Nixon said. "We had a young team that gained a lot of experience and we plan on using that to be great next season. We've picked up on a lot of things and a lot of mistakes from last year that we've already fixed and come together as a team on."
After a sophomore season that saw 6-foot-3 Nixon throw for over 2,000 yards and fifteen touchdowns, Nixon has received interest from the likes of Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech, and will get the chance to show his versatility with the retuning of the Wildkats' offense.
"We ran a wide open spread offense last year," Nixon said. "We added a new coach to the staff and changed a lot. Now we have some under center stuff as well as the normal spread plays. There's going to be a lot more running on both mine and the running back's part."
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