Colton Strickler talks about what happened during the second day of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy and gives his thoughts on what he saw during the first field sessions. After that, Colton talks with former Western Carolina offensive lineman Chase Stehling about his feelings on things after the first training. Colton also checks in with Mandel Dixon about his thoughts on the first day. After that, Colton previews Day 3 of the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s first camp.

Chase Stehling carries the ball at the RugbyTown Crossover Academy’s November Camp. (Photo: Colton Strickler)

Chase Stehling played all over the offensive line at Western Carolina during his time with the Catamounts. He played in all 34 football games during his last three years with the program and helped block for three-consecutive 1,000 yard rushers before linking up with the RugbyTown Crossover Academy.

Mandel Dixon. (Photo: Colton Strickler)

Mandel Dixon played football at Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburg, Kansas before transferring to Tulsa to finish out his last two years of eligibility. During his two years at Pittsburg State, Dixon scored seven touchdowns on 16 carries and helped the Gorillas win the 2011 National Championship. In 19 games at Tulsa, Dixon carried the ball seven times for 17 yards and one touchdown while also catching 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dixon had stints with the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Carolina Panthers, and The Spring League before trying his hand at rugby.

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Colton Strickler is a Colorado guy through and through. He is a Wheat Ridge Farmer and a Colorado State Ram. He has been involved in the Colorado rugby community in some capacity since 2011. He was Major League Rugby's lead writer in 2018 and 2019 before joining DNVR Rugby.