One of several capable UK tailbacks ... Coaches like his sound fundamental play ... Showed improved speed and moves last season ... Has rushed for 958 career yards, and grabbed 38 passes for 290 ticks ... Career-long rush of 67 yards for a score as a rookie against Indiana in 2004 ... Has seen action in 31 games, making 13 starts ... Came to UK as a cornerback, but moved to tailback when injuries hit the offensive backfield in Aug. 2004.
2007 (Junior): Played in 11 games, starting twice ... Limited the last month of the season because of hip, shoulder, and ankle injuries ... Carried the ball 72 times for a career-best 411 yards, with an excellent average of 5.7 yards per carry ... Recorded his first multi-touchdown game against Eastern Kentucky, rushing the ball for two scores ... Logged a career-high five receptions in the win over Louisville ... Led the team with 78 rushing yards, a season high, in the win at Arkansas.
2006 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games, starting five with Rafael Little limited by injury problems ... Although hobbled by a hamstring strain, showed determination in helping lead UK on the game-winning drive vs. Georgia ... Accounted for 54 rushing and receiving yards in the 69-yard march, capped by his game-winning three-yard TD run ... Team's second-leading rusher with 303 yards and four touchdowns ... Also played a key role in the win over Central Michigan as he rushed 12 times for 49 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 46 yards ... Elected to the team leadership council, a remarkable honor for a sophomore.
2005 (Sophomore): Missed the season after sustaining a broken bone in his leg during preseason practice ... Redshirted.
2004 (Freshman): Played in eight games ... Broke into the starting lineup for six games before being sidelined by injury ... Rushed 54 times for 244 yards, a 4.5-yard average per carry, and one touchdown ... Also caught eight passes for 61 yards ... Top game came in the win over Indiana, when he rushed nine times for 105 yards, including a 67-yard scoring dash ... Also caught three passes for 34 yards vs. the Hoosiers for a total of 139 yards from the line of scrimmage ... Came to UK as a cornerback, but moved to tailback in August of his freshman year when injuries hit the offensive backfield.
High School: As a senior, named the Alabama "Back of the Year" in Class A ... Rushed for 2,298 yards and 36 touchdowns during his senior campaign ... Also caught 18 passes for 435 yards, an average of 24.2 yards per catch, and six touchdowns ... Returned one kickoff for a TD ... Set a state record with 43 total touchdowns, including a top game of 531 rushing yards and eight TDs against Hubbertville ... Finished fourth in the Alabama "Mr. Football" voting, covering all classifications ... Selected to the Birmingham News "Super 12," a list of the top 12 collegiate prospects in Alabama ... Led Parrish HS to a 13-1 record and its first state championship in school history ... Named Most Valuable Player of the state title game, a 20-17 come-from-behind victory ... Rushed 15 times for 116 yards and two TDs in the championship game, adding 10 tackles and a pass breakup on defense ... Five-year letterman and four-year starter ... Played tailback on offense and free safety and linebacker on defense ... Rushed 133 times for 1,635 yards (a 12.3 average) and 13 touchdowns during his junior season ... Also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark as a sophomore ... Earned some type of all-state honors for four years, including first-team all-state the last three years ... Area Player of the Year for three years by the Jasper Mountain Eagle ... Helped his team advance to the state playoffs each of his four seasons as a starter ... Played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... Coached by Jimmy Gay ... "Tony is a tremendous, fantastic young man," Gay said. "His work ethic and dedication to the game separate him from other players." ... Also a three-year letterman on the basketball team ... Member of the French Club, History Club, Future Farmers of America, and the Seniors Striving for Success organization ... Committed to Kentucky in May 2003 and did not seriously consider other schools.
Personal: Born in Jasper, Ala. ... Son of Pamela Dixon and Sadie Dixon ... Major is social work.
Dixon Career Statistics Year Position Att. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2004 Tailback 54 244 4.5 1 67 8 61 7.6 0 17 2006 Tailback 87 303 3.5 4 16 17 138 8.1 0 34 2007 Tailback 72 411 5.7 3 26 13 91 7.0 0 18 Totals 213 958 4.5 8 67 38 290 7.6 0 34