OK, so, during the dragging, sweaty, uncomfortable months of summer, we flippantly mentioned that we would be profiling every player on the team. It will only be fun and worthwhile, we decided, if we were both informative AND funny. Well, it would be really fun if we were drunk the entire time, but that’s neither here nor there. Thus, for these ten weeks leading up to the UL game, we will have at least one profile a day. We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed the idea of doing them, but not the actual task. Oh, and we see the egregious “that’s what she said” in the headline.
We’d also like to use this italicized space to apologize to the families of the players whose last names end in ‘A’ or ‘B’ because these early ones might suck a little.
Boring, Obligatory Vitals
Hometown– Parrish, Ala.
Unfair comparison to NFL-er: Dallas Cowboys safety Tony Dixon because, well, they may or may not be the same person. A potential Ron Weaver/Ronald McKelvey situation.
Most interesting fact from his media guide bio: Finished 4th for Alabama Mr. Football and was named All-State all four years. Also another guy who committed early and never considered any other schools.
Something we made up about him: Dixon served as the fan club president for the legendary cartoon Hammerman from September through December of 1991.
Items of legitimate interest: He carried the ball 72 times for 411 yards and 4 TDs last year in 11 games. His season highs were 77 yards against Eastern Kentucky and 78 against Arkansas. Dixon’s best game of his career was as a freshman against Indiana when he ran for 105 yards which included a 67-yard TD run. Also, he is not this guy. His dance moves are much better.
Outlook for 2008, based on light research by our minions: Dixon has played off and on since he stepped foot on campus as a freshman and, due to injuries, has never been able to put together an entire season. He returns to a loaded backfield as the most experienced runner with 958 career yards and an average of 4.5 yards per carry and will likely be the starter by due to that experience. But, Alfonso Smith and Derrick Locke will still get their carries as the Cats look to continue to hold their spot toward the top of the SEC rushing category. The coaching staff has shown a tendency to play backs based on matchups rather than a set depth chart and Dixon will split carries, helping keep his legs fresh and his name off of the injury report. Look for #28 to get the bulk of the load though and a 1,000 yard season isn’t out of the question if he stays healthy. My crystal ball says about 800 yards and 7 or 8 TDs.