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Dwayne Dixon
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleWide receivers coach
TeamOhio
ConferenceMAC
Biographical details
Born (1962-08-02) August 2, 1962 (age 57)
Gainesville, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Playing career
Position(s)Wide receiver
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
* First-team All-SEC (1983)

Dwayne Keith Dixon (born August 2, 1962) is an American former college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) and Arena Football League. He played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and the Washington Commandos and Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League. Dixon has been a college football coach since 1990.

Early life Edit

Dixon was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1962.[1] He attended Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida,[2] where he was a standout prep football player for the Santa Fe Raiders high school football team.

College career Edit

Dixon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville, where he was a wide receiver for coach Charley Pell's Florida Gators football team from 1980 to 1983.[3] Dixon led the Gators with 589 receiving yards as junior in 1982, and again with 596 yards as a senior in 1983.[3] As a senior, he was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the senior who displayed "outstanding leadership, character and courage."[3]

Dixon graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1985,[4] and he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1997.[5][6]

Professional career Edit

Dixon was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1984, but he saw little action with the Buccaneers during the 1984 season.[7] The Buccaneers re-signed him as a free agent in 1987, but again he received little playing time.[7] Dixon also played for the Washington Commandos and Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League for five seasons from 1987 to 1991, and he accumulated 188 receptions and over 2,300 receiving yards with the Commandos and Drive.[8]

Coaching career Edit

In 1990, Dixon returned to his alma mater to become the wide receivers coach for the Florida Gators under head coach Steve Spurrier, a position that he continued to hold under Spurrier's successor, Ron Zook.[6][9] During his fifteen years as a Florida assistant, the Gators won six SEC championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000) and one national championship (1996).[6][9] He was a 2001 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach. Dixon held the same position for the North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2005 to 2006, and he is currently the wide receivers coach for the Ohio University Bobcats.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Dixon is married and has two children.[4]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Dwayne Dixon. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  2. databaseFootball.com, Players, Dwayne Dixon Script error. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Script error, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 87, 96, 103, 143–145, 148, 162, 173, 174–176, 180 (2011). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 OhioBobcats.com, Football, Dwayne Dixon profile. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  5. F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 GatorZone.com, Football History, 2004 Roster, Dwayne Dixon Script error. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 National Football League, Historical Players, Dwayne Dixon. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  8. Arenafan.com, Players, Dwayne Dixon. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 2001 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, Coaches, Dwayne Dixon, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 90–92 (2001). Retrieved March 21, 2011.

Bibliography Edit

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.

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