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Larson Ready for Fresh Start at SDSU

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  Cody Larson feels comfortable in Brookings, starting a new chapter in the Jackrabbit program.

  "It's nice. It's nice to be around my friends and family and play with guys I've played with before. I've got a lot of support here, it's good to be home."  says Larson.

  Unfortunately the 6-foot-9 inch Larson's skills on the court, have been overshadowed by problems off the court.  He was suspended his senior year at Roosevelt following a misdemeanor drug charge involving prescription drugs.

  In his first year at Florida, he was suspended after being charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for breaking into a vehicle.

  After playing sparingly for one year, following a redshirt season, Larson's scholarship was pulled.  Gators head coach Billy Donovan gave him the option to stay with the team as a walk on, but Cody decided to walk away from the game.

"You know I was ready to be done with the grind.  I thought if I dreaded it, it's going to be hard to go to practice four hours a day.  I just needed to get away and decide what I wanted to do and find if I still wanted to play the game and just find what was right for me." says Larson. 

  This past year, Larson stayed in school at Florida, and he says it gave him time to refocus his life.

"It was the best year of my life.  I was able to figure out some things and spent some time by myself, and I think I'm a better person for it." says Larson.

  Once he decided it was time to play again, the Jacks and head coach Scott Nagy seemed like the perfect fit, along with Nagy's style as a no-nonsense coach.

 "He told me I'm not going to tell you how to live your life, but that he's there for us as the leader of this team, he's got the great stuff." says Larson.

  And Larson knows there will be doubters that he'll mess up again.

"I wouldn't say anything to them, you know i'm doing this for my family and friends and for my teammates. I'm going to work hard for my teammates and coaches, as for the doubters, I just have to look the other way, and don't let it get to me I guess."

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