After his rookie season with the Dodge City Law, defensive lineman Marquis George had some questions about how to improve his game before the start of the 2015 season.
Two points of interest for George was to get bigger and to not think on every play, but to react to what was going on from the opposing offense.
The former Conquistador has shown that he took those lessons to heart as he has become the anchor for the Law this season in leading or tying for the lead in a number of the defensive statistics.
George has 18 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks going into Saturday night's game against the Sioux City Bandits at United Wireless Arena.
"It's just about being relentless," George said. "I just have a lot more confidence in Coach (Sean) Ponder's system; and not have to think about anything, but just to play ball. The main thing you have to remember is that you have to play fast on the defensive line.
"It's just a matter of looking after each other's back. This team is like a group of brothers and to help where you're needed."
Ponder said he felt George also needed to get some strength and not be so light against opposing lines; and to use his weight and power to his advantage.
"Obviously he did what we asked hi to do," Ponder said. "He worked out quite a bit and came into camp in great shape. His stats speak for themselves; and not only is he a great player, he is a great person for this community."
George decided to come back after finishing his collegiate career with Jacksonville State; and also decided the best way to help his cause to continue to play professional after last year to stay in Dodge City to remained focused on his goals.
Not only did George work on his game during the offseason, he helped mold some of the middle school players in town as a coach for the Comanche Coyotes.
"It kept me focused and it kept my mind on football all year around," George said. "I rthink it contributed to his game a lot. I'm invested in the community and there are a lot of great people and we have the best fans in the world. There's no other place where I'd rather be."