Emerged as a starting safety during the 2013 season ... Teams with Ashely Lowery to give the Wildcats veteran leadership at the deep positions ... Also played some nickelback in the spring and can contribute at that position as well ... Earned immediate playing time as a true freshman, showing an aptitude for the defense ... Has played in 32 games with nine starts.
2013 (Junior): Finished fifth on the team in tackles with 55, including 0.5 sacks and a fumble forced ... Posted five or more tackles six times ... Paced UK with six tackles in the win over Alabama State ... Career day vs. home state school Alabama with 10 tackles and causing a fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats ... Second-most tackles of UK's secondary corps ... Played in all 12 games with nine starts ... First career start in season opener vs. WKU. 2012 (Sophomore): Played in eight games ... Totaled seven tackles ... Top game came against Georgia when he made three tackles, including a quarterback sack, and also caused a fumble on special teams. 2011 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games as a reserve safety and on special teams ... Played a good amount of time in the secondary as a nickelback ... Made four tackles ... Made a quarterback sack on a safety blitz. High School: First-team all-state in Alabama Class AAAAA by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... One of the nation's top-60 cornerbacks as listed by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Also the No. 32 prospect in Alabama by Rivals ... Played at Vigor High School in Prichard, Ala. ... Senior year stats featured 89 tackles, including two quarterback sacks and seven additional tackles for loss, 21 quarterback pressures, eight pass breakups, four fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries and one interception ... Helped Vigor to a 15-0 season and state championship his sophomore season ... A defensive back and linebacker in high school, he could play corner or safety in the collegiate ranks ... Three-year starter ... Two-year member of the All-Metro Mobile Team ... Twice named the Mobile area Player of the Week by the Optimist Club ... Played for the winning `Bama team in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game ... Coached by Kerry Stevenson ... "Eric is a great football player and is an even better person than he is a player," Stevenson said. "He has a great attitude and a work ethic that is second to none." ... Three-year starter in basketball ... Made the all-district team ... Excellent singer who was a member of the school chorus and made several public appearances. Personal: Born in Mobile, Ala. ... Son of Valerie Dixon ... Major is community and leadership development. Community Cats: Helped with the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12) and an event for God's Pantry (2012). Eric Says ... I couldn't live without my: mom and two sisters ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: have a leadership program for youth ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: diverse environment and amazing fans ... My hidden talent is: I can sing and play the piano ... Something people might not know about me is: I kick with my right foot and write with my right hand but I am left-handed.