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The Arkansas State Red Wolves have been the best 7s team in the country the last two seasons. Though they haven’t had the chance to play in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Red Wolves are back-to-back USA Rugby National Champions, and they haven’t lost a 7s match since the fall of 2012 – when they dropped just one contest to Life.

One constant during that time has been Dylan Carrion. He’s the consummate 7s scrumhalf – extremely quick, elusive, fast, aggressive and willing to stick his nose in on defense. He was named the MVP of the National Championship in November for his two-try performance in the tournament final against Life, and he’s our 2013 College 7s Player of the Year.

Carrion is small. That’s well documented by now, and he’s used to being asked about his size. Our Alex Goff quizzed him about just that after he won the MVP.

“Training against some of the strongest guys in the country helps me prepare for any opponent we have,” said Carrion. “And coaches may not like it when I say this, but tackling, no matter how much you teach technique or style, if you want to make a tackle I believe you can get a guy on the ground.”

Arkansas State head 7s coach Matt Huckaby heaped praise on Carrion whenever given the chance throughout the fall, including after the Red Wolves won an invitational they hosted just before Nationals.

“Dylan really refused to let us get stagnant today as a team,” Huckaby told the ASU student newspaper back in November. “We made some uncharacteristic mistakes as a team, but Dylan, to keep the momentum, took the ball himself a couple times and did what he does well and score. That’s great leadership; he’s been our stud all year.”

Carrion grew up in suburban Dallas playing for Plano and Alliance, and his senior year of high school he played with the Dallas Harlequins before moving onto ASU. Carrion’s first couple of years in Jonesboro, Ark. were marred by ankle injuries, but he worked his way back and has earned the starting scrumhalf job in 15s and 7s.

Any questions about Carrion’s toughness were answered at USA Rugby’s College 7s Nationals in 2012, where he broke his jaw on the first day and played three more games through the pain to help the Red Wolves to their first National Championship.

Carrion has also played with the San Diego Old Aztecs 7s team the last two summers, including at Club 7s Nationals.