MINNEAPOLIS– Today we got to chat with 2021 NFN prospect Nyle Dickel out of Minneapolis Washburn who plays Tight End and prominently Inside Linebacker. Dickel has played a bunch of different positions on varsity for Washburn but has settled in as tight end and linebacker. We chatted with Dickel about his season for the Millers, his recruiting interest, and more.
Get to Know Nyle Dickel
Dickel is a high energy tight end and inside linebacker for the Washburn Millers. At linebacker, Dickel considers himself a “field general” which he considers someone who rallies the team together to shut opposing offenses down. His biggest strength at linebacker is his strong motor. His other core strengths are getting off of blocks quick and his lateral quickness.
Favorite Part About Linebacker
Dickel started playing tight end this year but has played linebacker since he started playing the game of football. He said his favorite part about the position is “hitting people for four quarters,” he told Northstar Football News. Another part about linebacker he loves is stopping a team from what they want to do with the football.
College Interest/Pitch to College Coaches
Dickel said it is a huge goal to play college football. So far, he has gotten interest from St. Johns (MN) as far as his recruiting interest. Dickel told Northstar Football News that he plans on attending several camps next summer to show off his growth and development to more college coaches. Dickel’s pitch to college coaches is the “drive” to be the best player I can be and he will always do what it will take to get better. He also said his ability to be coachable with a lot of hard work with high energy, will help Dickel get to that next level of his career in the college ranks.
Improvements Made by Dickel
Size, strength and more game film sessions were the three things the Millers coaching staff wanted more of from Dickel before his junior season. He did get bigger and stronger into last season, but Dickel told us film study was the biggest key to his progression as he watched a lot of films of teams his junior year to improve his preparation for the next given opponent for the Minneapolis Washburn Millers.
Nyle has three mentors that have had a key impact on his football career for the Minneapolis Washburn Millers. He credits Washburn head coach Ryan Galindo, assistant coach, and former UW-Stout quarterback Justin Fjeldstad and his uncle Dan Dickel, who played football for the Iowa Hawkeyes and had a five year NFL career with the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions. Dickel credits his three mentors as making him a better player on the field as well as off the field as well.
Learning from Last Season
Dickel told us that his outstanding ability to bring his team together and getting new Miller football players to “buy-in” to the program was key to the Millers getting better this season. Dickel has been on the team for two losing seasons and also this year when the Millers had a winning season and said there was a huge difference. “The biggest change I noticed was that people on the team wanted to be there and wanted to win together,” Nyle told Northstar Football News. They were able to overcome adversity and remained positive easier too. Dickel’s leadership also blossomed as with the positive energy surrounding the Minneapolis Washburn Millers football team, he made his play even better too.
You can check out Nyle’s Hudl profile here as he had a great junior season for the Millers