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Dwayne Dixon

  • Assistant Head Coach/Inside Receivers
  • (As of Jan. 7, 2005)

Coaching Experience
2003-2004 Florida (Assistant Head Coach/Inside Receivers)
2001-02 Florida (Wide Receivers)
2000 Florida (Wide Receivers/Kickoff/Punt Returners/Assistant Passing Game Coordinator
1995-99 Florida (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach)
1990-94 Florida (Wide Receivers Coach)
1989-90 Florida Office of Student Life
1984-85 Florida (Student Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Nominated for the 2000 Broyles Award and was a finalist for the 2001 Broyles Award, which honors the nation's most outstanding assistant coach.
  • Has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience.
  • Has participated in 18 bowl games as a player and coach.
  • Named to the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 as a Gator Great
  • Coached on the 1996 National Championship team.
  • Coached on six SEC title teams (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000).
  • Coached in seven SEC Championship Games (1992-96, 1999-2000).
  • Coached in the 1995 National Championship Game in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Nebraska and the 1996 National Championship Game in the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State.
  • From 1990-2002, Florida had 445 TD receptions, 87 more than any other school in the nation in the same time span
  • From 1994 through 2002, Florida had more semifinalists (9) and finalists (4) for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top WR) than any school in the nation.
  • Florida had more wide receivers (seven) on 1999 NFL rosters than any school in the nation and its eight receivers on 2000 NFL rosters and seven in 2001 ranked second best in the nation. In 2002, UF again was tops with nine receivers in the NFL.
  • Under Dixon's tutelage from 1994-2002, a Gator receiver was drafted each year and a total of 14 receivers were taken during that period of time.
  • Dixon has coached 22 Gator players who signed NFL contracts (Reidel Anthony, Reche Caldwell, John Capel, Chris Doering, Tre Everett, Daryl Frazier, Jabar Gaffney, Jacquez Green, Brian Haugabrook, Aubrey Hill, Ike Hilliard, Harrison Houston, Darrell Jackson, Jack Jackson, Willie Jackson, Taylor Jacobs, Nafis Karim, Travis McGriff, Ernie Mills, Travis Taylor, Ben Troupe and Alex Willis).
  • Coached eleven wide receivers at Florida who received All-America recognition and 10 first-team All-SEC selections. From 1994-2002, a UF wide receiver was named first team All-SEC in each season.
  • A Gator wide receiver led the SEC in TD receptions nine of the 13 seasons Dixon served as the primary receivers coach at UF (1990-2002).
  • Florida has ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in passing offense in 10 of his 15 seasons. The Gators have led the SEC in passing offense in three of his final four seasons and nine of the last 15.
  • Florida has led the nation in TD receptions five times since 1993 (41 in 1993, 45 in 1994, 48 in 1995, 42 in 1996 and 43 in 2001).
  • Eight of the top nine single-season receiving yardage totals in school history have been registered by Gator wide receivers since 1990.
  • Eleven of the top 15 single-season reception totals in UF history have been posted by Gator wide receivers since 1990.
  • Since 1990, 14 Gator players have caught 100 or more passes in their career at Florida, including 12 wide receivers coached by Dixon. Prior to 1990, just six players had 100 or more career catches in the previous 83 years (1906-89) of football at Florida.
  • Dixon has coached seven of the top 11 career touchdown leaders in SEC history (Chris Doering, 31; Jack Jackson, 29; Ike Hilliard, 29; Jabar Gaffney 27; Reidel Anthony, 26; Willie Jackson, 24; Jacquez Green, 23) and nine of the top 10 leaders in receptions in Gator history (Willie Jackson, 162; Doering, 149; Jack Jackson, 143; Reche Caldwell 141; Gaffney 138; Taylor Jacobs, 133; Anthony, 126; Hilliard, 126 and Travis McGriff, 123).
  • When Reidel Anthony and Ike Hilliard were both selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, it marked the first time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1967 that two wide receivers from the same school were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft.
  • In 1996, Reidel Anthony led the nation in TD receptions (18) and set a then NCAA Division I-A record for consecutive games with a TD reception (11). He also tied the NCAA record for most games with a TD catch in one season in 1996 (11), which was originally set by Gator wide receiver Chris Doering in 1995.
  • In 1995, Chris Doering and Ike Hilliard ranked first and second in receptions in the SEC and were also two of only five players in the country with 15 or more touchdown receptions.
  • Only twice in SEC history have two receivers from the same school registered over 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Both instances featured Florida players: 1995 - Chris Doering, (1,045) and Ike Hilliard (1,008) and 2001- Jabar Gaffney (1,191) and Reche Caldwell (1,059).
  • Jabar Gaffney caught more TD passes (27) in his combined freshman and sophomore seasons than any player in major college history.
  • In 2000, Jabar Gaffney caught more TD passes (14) and had more receiving yardage (1,184) than any freshman in major college history.
  • In 2000, freshman Jabar Gaffney and sophomore Reche Caldwell combined for the second most receiving yards (120 catches for 1,944 yards) by a receiver tandem in the nation.
  • In 2001, UF was the only school to have two semifinalists (Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell) for the Biletnikoff award (nation's top wide receiver).
  • In 2002, Taylor Jacobs and Carlos Perez ranked one-two in the SEC in receptions per game becoming the first receiver tandem from the same school to do so since 1998.
  • Under Dixon's guidance, TE Ben Troupe was one of three finalists for the 2003 John Mackey Award and was a second team All-America selection.
  • TE Ben Troupe finished the 2003 season as the only tight end among the Mackey Award semi-finalists with at least 500 receiving yards and five touchdown catches, while still averaging at least 15 yards per reception.
  • Dixon coached Troupe to lead the Gators in TD receptions in 2003 - the first time a TE has led Florida in that category since 1980.
  • TE Tate Casey caught four TD passes as a freshman in 2004, one short of the UF freshmen record of five set by Reidel Anthony in 1994. Casey's four TD receptions were tied for fourth nationally among freshmen tight ends and tied for second in the Southeastern Conference among all tight ends.

Playing Career

  • Four-year letterwinner at Florida (1980-83), First-team All-SEC and Honorable mention All-America (1983), Finished career with 124 catches, then the third-best total in UF history, MVP of 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl, Inducted into University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984-85, 1987)
  • Washington Commandos of the Arena Football League (1987)-League leading receiver and scorer
  • Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League (1988-91)-Led league in receiving and scoring in 1988, led league in tackles in 1990 and twice received league's top award ("Iron Man"). Team played in championship game four times and captured three consecutive World Championships (1988, 1989 and 1990), Inducted into inaugural class of Arena League Hall of Fame in 1997.

Prominent Players Coached


  • WR REIDEL ANTHONY - Was one of three finalists for the 1996 Biletnikoff Award. Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press and Sporting News first-team All-America in 1996, First-team All-SEC in 1996, Caught a TD pass in 11 straight games in 1996 to set a NCAA Division I-A record, 18 TD catches in 1996, a mark that led the nation and is best in UF and SEC history, 1,293 receiving yards in 1996 was second in UF and SEC history, 26 career TD catches is fifth-best in SEC history, A first-round NFL draft pick by the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1997.
  • WR RECHE CALDWELL - A semifinalist for 2001 Biletnikoff award (nation's top WR), 141 career catches (sixth in UF history) and his streak of 10 straight games with a TD catch ranked second best in UF history.
  • WR CHRIS DOERING - Second-team All-America and First-team All-SEC in 1995, Set SEC and UF records for career TD catches (31) and single-season TD receptions (17 in 1995), Set a NCAA record in 1995 for most games catching at least one TD pass (11), One of just 13 players in Division I-A history with 30 or more career touchdown catches, Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL draft and was on the Indianapolis Colts squad during the 1996- 97 seasons, Played for Denver in 1999.
  • WR JABAR GAFFNEY - First-team All-America in 2001 and a two-time first-team All-SEC choice. A finalist for the 2001 Biletnikoff Award. 138 career catches for 2,375 yards and 27 TDs. Caught more TDs (27) than any player in major college history over their combined freshman and sophomore seasons. Named the National Freshman Player of the Year in 2000 by the Sporting News. His 14 TD catches in 2000 were the most by a freshman in major college history as were his 1,184 receiving yards.
  • WR JACQUEZ GREEN - One of three finalist for the 1997 Biletnikoff Award, Associated Press and Football Writers Association First-Team All-American (1997), Walter Camp Foundation First-Team All-American (1997), One of 15 finalists for the 1997 Football News Offensive Player of the Year, First-team All-SEC in 1997, Currently ranks sixth on the SEC career touchdown receptions list with 23, His 1024 yards receiving in 1997 ranked as the fourth-best total in UF history, His 23 TD receptions and 2181 yards receiving are the fifth-best totals in UF history, A second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998.
  • WR AUBREY HILL - Completed career in 1994 with 86 receptions and 18 TD catches (fifth-best total in school history), His TD/catch ratio of 4.78 ranked second-best in Gator history, Signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, Now wide receivers coach at Duke.
  • WR IKE HILLIARD - First-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and Football News in 1996, Walter Camp Football Foundation 1996 All-American, 1996 Football News Offensive Player of the Year semifinalist, One of 10 semifinalists for the 1996 Biletnikoff Award, 1996 Associated Press third-team All-America, 1996 First-team All-SEC choice, 2,214 career receiving yards is third-best in UF history, Career TD/reception ratio of 4.34 (126 catches/29 TDs) is second-best in UF history, 29 TDs is tied for second-best in UF and SEC history, 15 TD catches in 1995 is tied for the third-best seasonal total in SEC and UF history, A first-round draft pick by the New York Giants in 1997.
  • WR HARRISON HOUSTON - 19 career TD receptions ranked third-best in UF history when he completed career in 1993, Selected to play in East-West Shrine Game in 1993, Finished career with 101 catches, A fifth-round selection in 1994 NFL Draft by Atlanta.
  • WR DARRELL JACKSON - A semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award in 1999, Third-team All-America by Football News in 1999, Six straight 100-yard receiving games in 1999 tied for the best streak in school history and set the Gator record for the longest streak versus SEC opponents, 1,107 receiving yards ranked fourth-best in school history and 64 catches was the fifth-best seasonal total in UF history, His seven 100-yard games in 1999 was third-best seasonal total in UF history, A third-round selection in 2000 NFL Draft by Seattle, Named to NFL's 2000 All-Rookie Team.
  • WR JACK JACKSON - First-team All-American and first-team All-SEC in 1994, 29 TD receptions were best in UF history and tied for best in SEC history, 15 TD catches in 1994 set UF and SEC seasonal record, One of three finalist for Biletnikoff Award as nation's top WR in 1994, 143 catches ranked fourth in UF history and 2,266 receiving yards was second-best, Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1995 draft.
  • WR WILLIE JACKSON - All-SEC in 1992 and honorable mention All-America ('91, '92, '93), Completed UF career as all-time leader in TD receptions (24) and second in catches with 162, Selected to play in East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl in 1993, With the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995-97 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1998-99.
  • WR TAYLOR JACOBS - First-team All-SEC in 2002, Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist (one of 10), 71 catches in 2002 was third-highest total in school history, 6.4 catches per game in 2002 ranked second on the school's all-time chart, Established the single game receiving yards mark with a 246-yard performance against UAB (Aug. 31, 2002), The fifth Gator receiver to lead the SEC in receptions since 1990 and the 10th in school history, Was a second-round draft selection by the Washington Redskins in 2003.
  • WR TRAVIS McGRIFF - Third-team All-America and first-team All-SEC in 1998, One of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Set SEC and UF single-season record with 1,357 yards receiving in 1998, Average per catch of 19.4 in 1998 was third-best in SEC history and best in UF history, Tied for tops in Gator history with eight 100-yard receiving games in 1998, A third-round choice by Denver in the 1999 NFL Draft.
  • WR ERNIE MILLS - All-SEC selection in 1990, Ended career ninth on UF receiving chart with 1,585 yards, Led SEC in TD receptions (10) in 1990, Played in Blue-Gray All-Star Game, Played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991-96, Carolina in 1997 and Dallas in 1998,Eight catches for 78 yards in the 1996 Super Bowl for Steelers.
  • WR TRAVIS TAYLOR - MVP of the 1999 Orange Bowl (159 yards receiving, second-best in UF bowl history, and two TDs), UF's offensive MVP of the 2000 Citrus Bowl, Set UF bowl record for receptions in a game with 11 in 2000 Citrus Bowl, Tied UF bowl record with three TDs vs. Michigan State and his 156 yards receiving was the third-best bowl game performance, First-round selection by Baltimore in 2000 NFL Draft.
  • TE BEN TROUPE - One of three finalists for the John Mackey Award in 2003, Second team All-America selection, First team All-SEC selection in 2003, Became the first tight end to lead UF in touchdown receptions in 23 years, Led UF with 15 "Big Plays" in 2003, Led UF in both catches (39) and receiving yards (638) in 2003.

NFL Players (Round drafted)

WR Reidel Anthony (1st) -
Florida '96- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Reche Caldwell (2nd)-
Florida '02- San Diego Chargers
WR John Capel (7th) -
Florida '00- Chicago Bears
WR Chris Doering (6th) -
Florida '95- Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Tre Everett (FA) -
Florida '92- New Orleans Saints
WR Daryl Frazier (FA) -
Florida '93- Green Bay Packers
WR Jabar Gaffney (2nd)-
Florida '02- Houston Texans
WR Jacquez Green (2nd) -
Florida '97- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Brian Haugabrook (FA)-
Florida '02- San Francisco 49ers
WR Aubrey Hill (FA) -
Florida '94- Indianapolis Colts
WR Ike Hilliard (1st) -
Florida '96- New York Giants
WR Harrison Houston (5th) -
Florida '93- Atlanta Falcons
WR Darrell Jackson (3rd) -
Florida '99- Seattle Seahawks
WR Jack Jackson (4th) -
Florida '94- Chicago Bears
WR Willie Jackson (4th) -
Florida '93- Dallas Cowboys
WR Taylor Jacobs (2nd)-
Florida '03- Washington Redskins
WR Nafis Karim (FA) -
Florida '98- New England Patriots
WR Travis McGriff (3rd) -
Florida '98- Denver Broncos
WR Ernie Mills (3rd) -
Florida '90- Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Travis Taylor (1st) -
Florida '99- Baltimore Ravens
TE Ben Troupe (2nd) -
Florida' 04 - Tennessee Titans
WR Alex Willis (FA) -
Florida '00- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Personal Information

Birthdate: August 2, 1962
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
Education: 1985 - B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida; 1980 - Alachua Santa Fe High School
Marital Status: Married to the former Sandra Barclay
Children: Brittany (15), Ian (11)

Bowl Games as a Coach/Player
1980: Tangerine 1997: Sugar
1981: Peach 1998: Citrus
1982: Bluebonnet 1999: Orange
1983: Gator 2000: Citrus
1992: Sugar 2001: Sugar
1992: Gator 2002: Orange
1994: Sugar 2003: Outback
1995: Sugar 2004: Outback
1996: Fiesta 2004: Peach

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