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34 Daryl Dixon

Signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004...

CAREER: Played in 49 games with 25 starts for 2,477 plays and also started the 2000 Citrus Bowl and played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...218 career tackles (130 solo, 88 assisted) and 29 "Big Plays" (seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries, 15 pass deflections, one forced fumble and three TFL)...Named UF's Most Outstanding Defensive Back for 1999 season as a true freshman...Graduated in December 2003 with a BA in Sociology...Named the Male Oustanding Senior Leader among the Fall 2003 graduating class...

2003: Named Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches')...The starter at free safety who led the defense with 115 tackles...Also recorded two TFLs, three interceptions, seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble...Led the team in tackles in three games (FAMU, Tennessee, Kentucky), including a career-high 15 stops vs. Tennessee...Third on the team with seven pass breakups...Ranked third on the team with 967 plays...Finished third on defense with seven tackles vs. Arkansas and 11 vs. Georgia...Nabbed two interceptions vs Vanderbilt...Helped lead the defense to an impressive win at eventual national champion LSU with nine tackles, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery in LSU's final drive of the game...Ranked second on the defense vs. Ole Miss with nine tackles, including seven solo stops...Also broke up two passes in the game...Had 12 tackles in the win at Kentucky, including eight solo stops...Had a career night at No. 3 Miami, totaling a team-high seven tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection and an interception...Recovered a fumble by UM's Frank Gore for 33 yards as well as intercepting a pass by Miami's Brock Berlin...Was named a UF game captain for a team-high nine games (Miami, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, FSU and Iowa)...

2002: Redshirted while recovering from offseason surgery...Also missed all of 2002 spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery in January of that year...

2001: Top backup at free safety... Played a top role on special teams, participating on kick-off, kick-off return and punt return teams...Played in all 11 regular season games for 352 snaps and 2002 Orange Bowl...24 tackles on the season (17 solo), including eight special teams tackles, with three "Big Plays" (three passes deflected)...Eight special teams tackles ranked ninth on the team...Co-recipient of the defensive units most persistent award this spring...

2000: Played a top role at free safety...Played in all 12 regular season games with four starts (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Kentucky) and 410 snaps and also saw action in the Nokia Sugar Bowl...28 total tackles (17 solo, 11 assisted) with four "Big Plays" (3 pass deflections, interception vs. Vanderbilt)... 28 tackles ranked seventh amongst DBs...

1999: Emerged as the starter at free safety...Played in all 12 games with eight starts (Kentucky at strong safety and LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU and the SEC Championship vs. Alabama at free safety) for 748 plays... Also started Citrus Bowl...One of two true freshmen who saw playing time in the secondary and also saw duty with special teams...The Sporting News Third-Team Freshman All-America choice... Named to the SEC Coaches and Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman Teams... Also named UF's Outstanding Defensive Back... 51 tackles (27 solo) on the season with seven "Big Plays" (three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one TTFL and two pass deflections) and three special teams tackles... Three interceptions ranked tied for second-best on squad...51 tackles was eighth on the team and fourth among DB unit... Against Kentucky, had nine tackles (seven solo) with one tackle for loss in his first career start at strong safety...Two tackles (one solo), two interceptions (first in his career) and one pass deflection in start at free safety versus LSU...Five tackles (two solo) and a fumble recovery against Auburn ...Seven tackles (three solo) against Florida State...Eight tackles (four solo) and an interception in the SEC Championship game versus Alabama...

PREP: A defensive back standout who gained All-America recognition...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top three prospects at cornerback... Named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top 10 cornerback prospects in the nation...A first-team All- State selection (4A) who garnered honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today...A four-year starter who posted a 3.5 GPA... Named to school's honor roll all four years... Combined for over 1,000 yards in total offense in 1998...Selected his district's MVP in '98...Blocked 12 kicks over his prep career...High school coach was Gerald Odom...Also visited Alabama and Virginia ...

Career Defensive Stats:
Year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
1999 27-24 51 1 0 0 1 2 3
2000 17-11 28 0 0 0 0 3 1
2001 18-6 24 0 0 0 0 3 0
2002 -- DNP --  
2003 68-47 115 2 0 1 2 7 3
Total 130-88 218 3 0 1 3 15 7

Career Highs:
Total Tackles: 15 (Tennessee, 2003)
QB Sacks: - Forced Fumbles: 1 (Miami, 2003)
Interceptions: 2 (twice, last Vanderbilt, 2003)
Big Plays: 6 (Miami, 2003)


  • His favorite sports personality is Michael Jordan
  • Majored in sociology
  • Although he was redshirted as a junior, his teammates asked that he travel because of his leadership role.

Daryl Dixon Game-by-Game

2003 game-by-game

 Games played: 13

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-FUMBLE-|         Pass 

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds Brk  

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............   3    1      4    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   3    4      7    1.0-3     1  1-33    1-1     2  

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   6    3      9    1.0-2     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   1   14     15    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     1  

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............   8    4     12    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   7    2      9    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     2  

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................   8    1      9    0.0-0     0  1-0     0-0     2  

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............   6    1      7    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............   9    2     11    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   3    5      8    0.0-0     0  0-0     2-11    0  

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......   7    3     10    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   5    3      8    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................   2    4      6    0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0  

 Totals..............................  68   47    115    2.0-5     1  2-33    3-12    7


"Daryl Dixon's contributions to the 2002 Florida football team don't show up on the season highlight tape and can't be found in the stat sheets. Because, officially, he wasn't there. And, yet, he was there. Everywhere. At every workout and film session. At every game, home and away. Shoulder surgery may have sidelined Dixon, but it didn't prevent the free safety from staying involved, from being a team leader and an inspiration to his teammates."
(August 13, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"He's an instinctive center fielder and has a reputation for being the biggest hitter in the secondary."
(August 19, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"Daryl is the epitome of a team leader. To have him with us last year, he was a motivating factor. Even though he was hurting, he was there for us with a smile on his face."
(August 13, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Tailback

"He was an All-SEC freshman (in 1999) and he knows the ropes and he can definitely play. It's big for him to come back and be one of the senior leaders back there. Daryl has an aura about him. He soaked up and learned so much from Todd. He can convey the things Todd wanted to say but wouldn't. Daryl is a true leader."
(August 13, 2003) Ran Carthon, UF Tailback

"It was Dixon who kept the Gators in the game far longer than anyone expected. Dixon led the Gators to their most impressive defensive performance under Zook. The redshirt senior became the perfect poster boy for a defense doubted by so many."
(September 7, 2003) Jeff Darlington, Tallahassee Democrat

"After being out and not being able to play, and now being out there with the guys again, it means something. I know I can play and I'm getting my mind ready. It feels good. I'm having fun. My confidence is high and I'm just ready to play football again."
(August 13, 2003) Daryl Dixon, UF Safety

"It was a great learning experience with the seniors last year. They carried the team. I got to learn from them and travel. I was ready to contribute any way I could. I did everything like I was preparing for a game and my teammate saw my dedication. It was kind of touching they wanted me to travel and be with them. It made me feel good."
(August 13, 2003) Daryl Dixon, UF Safety

"I had some ligament damage and some bone chips in there and the shoulder just wouldn't stay in there. Every time I tried to play football, it would pop out of place. I decided to get it fixed and now it's 100 percent. It may be stronger than my other shoulder now."
(August 13, 2003) Daryl Dixon, UF Safety

"It's my chance to play now and I'm going to go 110 percent every day. Me (strong safety) Guss (Scott) and Keiwan have been through the wars. We know how to play in the SEC. It's our job to get the younger players ready to play."
(August 13, 2003) Daryl Dixon, UF Safety

"We (secondary) are the backbone of the defense. They can't score if they don't get through us."
(September 7, 2003) Daryl Dixon, UF Safety

"Daryl Dixon is back with a vengeance. He played very well in the spring and has nailed down the starting free safety job."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Gator Bait magazine

"He's the ultimate Gator. He's always there. He's focused, and a good friend, too."
(November 28, 2003) Carlos Perez, UF wide receiver

"If you watched any of those away games and saw Daryl Dixon on the sideline, you know he's a motivator. Last year we'd be in the film room watching film and he would always be saying, 'Can you wind that back.' We'd say, 'Double D, you're not even playing this week.' But he wanted those guys in that room to get ready to play. He was always in a game mode whether he was playing or not."
(August 13, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"He gives us another solid player back there we can count on every play. He's one of those players you don't' have to guess where he's at. You know where he's at on every play because he's played and he's been out there in game-type situations. You have an older, more mature and experienced player back there."
(August 13, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"I think Double D gained a step. They took the game away from his for a year, and he had a chance to sit back and reflect on the game for a little while. He came back extra hungry."
(August 25, 2003) Keiwan Ratliff, UF Cornerback

"He's going to surprise a lot of people this year."
(September 7, 2003) Guss Scott, UF Strong Safety

"I think Daryl's going to surprise a lot of people. He's been in big games here. He's been a starter here. Heck, he started as a true freshman. We've got to keep him healthy and he'll be a great one." "We kind of knew in the spring. He shook some of the rust off and we knew we had something special. He has been everything we hoped for. His strongest trait is his leadership. Not just on the field, but on the team bus and the meeting room and the locker room. He's the best leader on this football team."
(November 29, 2003) Mike Woodford, Defensive Back Coach

"Daryl didn't ask to travel last year because he knew he wasn't going to play, but the other players asked to have him on the trips. I think it shows the leadership qualities he has when guys like Todd Johnson and Robert Cromartie were asking me to make sure he was on the trips. Our players obviously have a lot of respect for him and that respect is something he has earned. I am excited to have Daryl back because he will have those same leadership qualities for us this year."
(March 12, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Daryl's not a guy that talks very much, but when he says something, they listen."
(August 13, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Daryl is a really good player. He's got a chance to be a force back there. He'll pick up right where Todd left off. It's the leadership that he has on this football team that makes it really exciting to have him back."
(August 13, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

On Dixon traveling with the team in 2002 "That's respect now. There's no bigger compliment than that, when your team wants you there knowing you're not going to play."
(November 28, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach


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