October 1, 2007

Four-star DE having big year

One of the biggest reasons that Texas Tech's offense has picked up where it left off last season is the solid play along the offensive line. This simply follows the time tested logic that everything starts up front. Sadly, though the offensive line has been a strong point for Tech over the last few years, the same standard hasn't always been evident along their defensive counterparts.

Though Tech has lacked talent along the defensive front at times, they are currently in the process of upgrading the defensive line. As a matter of fact, part of the solution in this year's recruiting class stems from part of the problem with this and last year's defensive line units: Cisco JC star McKinner Dixon.

Dixon, who broke hearts of Tech fans everywhere two years ago when academic complications forced him to leave Lubbock, is having a monster season at Cisco, and is on his way back to the Hub City.

"This last week, we had a big win," explained the four-star recruit. "We beat NEO (Northeastern Oklahoma) like 47-32 or something like that. It was tight because they were undefeated and ranked like #9, so we just had to bring our best shot."

And how did Dixon play?

"I think I played pretty good," he explained. "I came out on the first defensive play and got a sack. As far as stats go, I had 13 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a batted pass, so I guess I had a pretty good game."

"As far as my season stats go," he answered when asked. "I have five sacks so far and I don't even know how many tackles. I know I'm in the top two or three on the team, but I haven't really kept track of how many I have."

Dixon's performance this season only confirms what most people who have watched Dixon play already know: the man has talent and he has it in spades. But the question remains, has he learned his lesson? To hear Dixon tell it, it appears he has.

"This is like a dream come true again for me," he explained. "All my life I haven't known anything except football, and when I messed up and that got taken away from me, it was rough. So it feels good to be knocking heads again, and I am just excited about getting back to Tech where I belong."

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