It seems as if Rashun Dixon‘s long, lengthy journey from touted football prospect to drafted baseball prospect to football hopeful yet again in Starkville has come to an unofficial end.
Mississippi State players reported for summer camp over the weekend and commenced practice in earnest for the 2015 season Monday. One of those not present was the sophomore tight end Dixon, whose name is not a part of MSU’s online roster.
On his Twitter account late last month, Dixon indicated that he was back on the Left Coast.
Dixon played in two games last season, but it’s his back story — and his status as a legacy player — that makes his apparent departure noteworthy.
In 2008, Dixon was a four-star member of MSU’s recruiting class, the last of Sylvester Croom‘s tenure. Dixon never suited up for the Bulldogs, however, as he was drafted in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics and embarked on a career in professional baseball. He batted in the neighborhood of .250 during his time with the organization and was ultimately released.
Six years after his initial flirtation with football, the 23-year-old Dixon decided to return to the Bulldogs as a walk-on player. He played in two games during the 2014 season.
Dixon is the younger brother of Anthony Dixon, who led MSU in rushing every year from 2007-09. He’s also the brother of Deshun Dixon, a Bulldog walk-on who was arrested in late April and charged with driving under the influence. He’s not currently listed on MSU’s online roster.
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With another weekend in the books, another college football player has gotten the proverbial book thrown at him.
The Starkville Daily News is reporting that Mississippi State’s Deshun Dixon was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence. The arrest occurred very early Sunday morning, although no further details have been made available.
MSU’s only comment on the development is no comment.
Dixon, the younger brother of MSU all-time leading rusher Anthony Dixon, spent three years playing minor league baseball (2010-12) before joining the Bulldogs as a walk-on this spring. He’s currently listed as a freshman “athlete” on the program’s online roster.
In addition to Anthony Dixon, Deshun Dixon is also the brother of current MSU tight end Rashun Dixon. That particular Dixon spent six years playing minor league baseball before joining the Bulldogs last July.
You could not have asked for much more from Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the spring game in Starkville Saturday afternoon. The potential Heisman Trophy contender capped the spring with 231 passing yards, three touchdowns while completing 20 of 29 pass attempts before being given a break by head coach Dan Mullen.
A handful of schools going through spring games on Saturday have quarterback competitions and debates brewing, but that is far from the case at Mississippi State. There it is clearly Prescott’s job and nobody is aiming to take it away. Prescott emerged as a top player in the SEC while leading Mississippi State to a number one ranking at one point en route to an appearance in the Orange Bowl. The season may not have ended the way Prescott and Mississippi State would have liked, but he brings plenty of promise for the Bulldogs in the fall, and his spring performance should boost the confidence just a bit more.
As good as Prescott was Saturday afternoon for the Maroon team, it was not enough to lead the squad to victory over the White team. With Nick Fitzgerald at quarterback, the White scored the only touchdown of the second half to take a 28-24 victory. Fitzgerald will be Prescott’s backup in the fall, and his performance was not too bad. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air and he rushed for 31 yards and another score, but he was picked off twice. The highlight of the afternoon from Fitzgerald came in the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Dixon. Dontavian Lee led all players with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown for the White team.
Mississippi State opens the 2015 season on the road on September 5 against Southern Mississippi.
Apparently you can, in a sports sense, come home again.
In 2008, Rashun Dixon was a four-star member of Mississippi State’s recruiting class, the last of Sylvester Croom‘s tenure. Dixon never suited up for the Bulldogs, however, as he was drafted in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics and embarked on a career in professional baseball.
A handful of years later, however, he’s back.
According to InsideMSUSports.com, the 23-year-old Dixon has decided to return to the Bulldogs as a walk-on player. Because he’s never played a down of college football, he maintains all four years of eligibility and could ultimately earn a scholarship.
At least in his past sporting life, the talent was certainly there.
Rivals.com rated Davis as a four-star recruit in 2008 and as the No. 19 safety in the country that year. What specific position he will play in his second football go-around is to be determined, although the website wrote that “his No. 85 suggests he will be utilized on the offensive side of the ball,” which could mean either tight end or wide receiver for a player listed at 6-2 and 210 pounds.
After six years in Oakland’s farm system — he batted under .250 for his career — and following his release last fall, Dixon opted to give football another shot. Dixon is the younger brother of Anthony Dixon, who led MSU in rushing every year from 2007-09.
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