PERSONAL — Born Dennis Lee Dixon Jr. on Jan.
in Oakland, Calif. Parent: Dennis Dixon Sr. Family:
One sister. High School (Coach): Leandro (Danny Calcagno) 2003. Degree: Sociology.
OREGON — Oregon’s dual-threat quarterback put together one of the best senior seasons in school history...Arguably the top performer among all college signal callers in 2007 before a knee injury prematurely curtailed his Heisman Trophy campaign and ultimately ended the Ducks’ BCS title game hopes...Guided Oregon to an 8-1 record and a No. 2 seed in the BCS standings...The Pacific-10 Conference’s unanimous Offensive Player of the Year and honorable mention All-American finished ninth on the school’s single-season total offense chart (2,719 yards) despite playing in only 10 games...Completing his requirements for his major in sociology in less than four years, his accolades combining his academic (3.33 gpa) and athletic talents were unprecedented in the football program’s history...Finishing fourth in the balloting for Associated Press Player-of-the-Year, he was one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year) and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award as well as one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year award...His academic achievements were even more impressive as the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District quarterback was one of five student-athletes in school history (and Oregon’s first football player ever) to be bestowed with the NCAA Top VIII Award...He also was the recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award and accompanying post-graduate scholarship...Completed his collegiate career as the single-season and all-time school record-holder in passing completion percentage (67.7% and 63.9%, respectively)...Also established the school’s standard for most career rushing yards (1,208) by an Oregon quarterback, while his 583 yards on the ground in 2007 finished second only to Reggie Ogburn’s 644 yards from 1979 among the school’s signal callers...Concluded his career sixth on Oregon’s all-time list for total offense (6,339 yards) and eighth in passing yards (5,129)...A major league baseball prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
2007— Semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award ... Semifinalist for the 71st Maxwell Award ... Three-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 2, 4 and 9) ... Pac-10 passing effic. leader ranks 2nd in total offense (291.4 avg) ... Posted career-best 367 passing yds and 4 TD passes at Stanford ... Recorded collegiate-high 31 completions and 44 att. vs. California ... Accumulated career-high total offense numbers with 382 yds and 5 TDs at Stanford ... Eclipsed 300 yds total offense in 4 of last 8 games ... Has ran and passed for a score in the same game in 7 of 9 ‘07 outings ... Stands 6th on school’s all-time total offense list (6,243 yds) and 8th in passing (5,067) ... Became third Oregon QB to run for 100 yards or more in modern era (1st since 1995), tallying 141 yards on 15 carries vs. Houston ... 80-yd 3rd quarter scoring run against Houston marked school’s longest in 12 years ... 85-yd TD pass to Brian Paysinger in 1st-quarter at Michigan equaled school’s longest since 2003 ... Snapped string of 146 straight passes without an interception vs. Cal.
2006 — The 11-game starter jumped out to a dazzling
start, accumulating career bests in each of his first three appearances of the
season. Was at his best against Oklahoma, completing 26 of 41 passes for
341 yards and two touchdowns. Equaled his career pinnacle with three touchdown
strikes at Arizona State. Was tied for seventh in the
country in total offense (290.8 ypg) and ranked 11th in passing (21.8
completions per game) after five games. Also carved out one of the program’s
better errorless streaks by a quarterback, accumulating 161 consecutive passes
without an interception, dating back to his sophomore season, that was snapped
during the third week of 2006. Yet struggled with his efficiency the latter
half of the year, tossing two touchdowns and nine interceptions in his final
six appearances while averaging 117.3 yards per game passing and completing 59
percent of his attempts. Finished the regular season fourth in the Pac-10 in
total offense (219.3) and sixth in the league in passing efficiency. Also
encountered more success in Autzen Stadium than on the road, completing 62
percent of his passes at home compared to 54.9 percent on the road. Averaged
one TD pass for every 27.5 attempts for the season. Possesses the dual threat
as one of the team’s most dangerous runners, as squad’s third-leading rusher
ran for 442 yards and two scores in addition to averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
Was credited with a career-high 69 yards on the ground vs. UCLA on 11 carries
in addition to running for 53 yards against Washington and 51 vs. BYU. Also excels in
the classroom as he was chosen the league’s second-team academic all-conference
quarterback with a 3.27 cumulative gpa in sociology.
2005 — Following a less than auspicious debut as the
team’s top quarterback in relief of an injured Kellen Clemens, he emerged to
help the Ducks to wins in each of his first three collegiate starts. Experience
limited to only 57 plays through the first seven games while playing in only
six plays or less in four of them. Combined to complete 13 of 15 passes for 92
yards in consecutive relief appearances vs. USC and Stanford and completed his
first scoring pass as a collegian in the second game of the year vs. Montana. But his role certainly changed
in the third quarter at Arizona with the loss of Oregon’s starter. Yet his coming-out
party wasn’t a memorable one as he lasted only four snaps before a concussion
sent him to the sidelines for the rest of the night. Progressively improved
with each of his four opening assignments, capped by completing 12 of 17 passes
for 204 yards and three touchdowns in the finale vs. Oregon State. Yet his defining moment could
have been his 73-yard drive the previous week at Washington State that led to a game-winning field
goal with only one second remaining on the clock. In the process, he completed
all four aerials on the 14-play drive and one crucial third-down conversion, in
addition to picking up 16 yards on three carries to earn his team’s offensive
player-of-the-week accolades. Combined to complete 43 of 65 passes (66.2%) for
540 yards and five TDs (1 interception) as a regular-season starter, in
addition to running for 72 of his 138 yards during the same span. Jumped out
the gate in his first two series of the post-season to complete five of his
first eight passes for 56 yards, in addition to another 16 yards on the ground,
to help stake Oregon to a 7-3 first-quarter advantage
vs. Oklahoma. Finished that game completing
11 of 19 passes for 107 yards. Ended the year as team’s fifth-leading rusher
with 143 yards on 49 carries, including 43 yards (7.2-yd. avg.) in Pullman, Wash. Awarded academic all-conference
honorable mention honors following the season.
2004 — Played in six of 11 games, including 29 snaps
against Idaho, which only wetted the appetite for greater things to
come. Completed six of 15 passes for 73 yards in addition to carrying the
football 10 times for 40 yards, but still awaiting his first touchdown. The
majority of his productivity occurred against Idaho as Dixon was successful on five of eight
passes for 71 yards. Included was a 22-yard completion to Andiel Brown. Tallied
a single-game rushing best of 18 yard against Oregon State.
SCHOOL — Possesses all-around intangibles reminiscent
of new age of athletic quarterbacks who are threats as both a passer and a
runner. The Parade All-American attracted more votes (8) on the Long Beach
Press-Telegram’s Best in the West list than any other quarterback after throwing
for 2,736 yards and 30 touchdowns his senior season, leading team to wins in 11
of its last 12 games. Completed 164 of 268 passes (61.2%) in 2002 to complete
his varsity career, passing for 5,951 yards and 79 scoring strikes. The
three-year starter helped guide the Pirates to a 36-3 record. Ranked 94th on
ESPN’s list of top 100 college prospects in the country regardless of position
as the 12th-best quarterback. Ranked as a tremendous baseball prospect as the
outfielder was chosen in the 20th round of the 2003 Amateur Baseball Draft by Cincinnati.