Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Safety, Michael Dixon has announced that he has committed to play for Rutgers. With two more years of eligibility, he plans to finish out his collegiate career with the Scarlet Knights. Dixon announced his commitment, Tuesday on his Twitter. Here is a look back on Michael Dixon’s time in Minnesota, and what he brings to this Rutgers’ defense.
Michael Dixon in Minnesota:
Dixon spent three years playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers as a Safety. He did not play much in his first two years with the Gophers, but in 2022, he played 12 games with the team. This past season, the safety had a total of 28 combined tackles, 15 of which have been solo, according to Sports Reference. Dixon also had a total of 1.5 tackles for loss and three pass deflections. The consistency has helped Dixon grow as a player and could help the Scarlet Knights make a bowl game next year.
In his full three years, Michael Dixon had a total of 45 combined tackles, 27 of which have been solo. Dixon only played two games in 2020 and seven in 2021. When Dixon announced that he would be entering the transfer portal, it came as a shock. It was assumed that he would be a starter next year, especially with limited depth in Minnesota. The Scarlet Knights have a strong defense, despite what their record may indicate, and Dixon can be a great addition.
Michael Dixon’s Potential Impact on Rutgers:
In 2022, the Scarlet Knights’ defense was what carried the team. They were a large reason Rutgers was able to win four of their games. The defense had a total of 804 combined tackles, 20 sacks, and 56 pass deflections, according to ESPN. They also had nine interceptions, including a touchdown. With the addition of Dixon, these numbers can grow.
There are multiple defensive backs who will most likely be leaving Rutgers, as they are off to either the NFL or simply graduating. One player specifically is a defensive back, Avery Young. Young had a total of four pass deflections and one interception this season. Another defensive back the team will be losing is Christian Izien, who had five pass deflections this season. Losing these key players will make Rutgers the perfect place for Michael Dixon to show what he can do.
Dixon has two more years of eligibility, which will be just what this Scarlet Knights team needs to continue to build their program back up. With how he has gotten better with tackling, he can be great for Rutgers by preventing big plays against the passing game. According to the NCAA, Rutgers ranks 37 in passing yards allowed. Rutgers allowed 15 passing touchdowns in 2022 and will want to prevent more in 2023. Michael Dixon can help them with that.
Be sure to watch Dixon and his impact on the Rutgers’ defense in 2023.
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