April 22, 2010

Dixon keeping his cool as draft approaches

Anthony Dixon is trying his best not to get caught up in the hype and excitement as the NFL Draft kicks off later today.

That's easier said than done for Mississippi State's all-time leading rusher who is known for being the loud and somewhat boisterous at times.

"It's been tough because there's been a lot of excitement involved," Dixon said. "It's a dream come true but I'm trying to be cool about it. There are so many people that are excited and I don't want to get carried away and do nothing crazy. I'm just trying to be cool."

The 6-foot-1, 233-pounder leaves as the Bulldogs all-time leader in most rushing categories carrying 910 times for 3,994 yards and 42 career touchdowns. He led the Southeastern Conference in rushing as a senior averaging 126.5 yards a game despite missing the season opener. Dixon finished 2009 with 1,391 yards on 257 attempts, which were both also school record.

In a Oct. 31 game at Kentucky, Dixon set the school's single game record for rushing yardage picking up 252 yards against the Wildcats and won the Connerly Trophy as Mississippi's top collegiate player as well as All-SEC honors.

"I left it all out on the field," Dixon said. "I tried to come out here every day make sure my teammates knew I was giving them everything that I had. No matter what went on off the field or anywhere else, I wanted them to know that I was giving them everything. I laid it all out there on the line. That's how I wanted my legacy to be left and that's how it is."

Following the season, Dixon participated in the Senior Bowl and was invited to showcase his skills at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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