October 15, 2009

Dixon set to take down school rushing record

Anthony Dixon came into his senior season already as one of the most prolific running backs in Mississippi State history.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder will have the opportunity to take down one of the school's top records entering Saturday's game with Middle Tennessee only 48 yards shy of Jerious Norwood's school record of 3,212 yards.

"It feels great (to be mentioned in the same breath as Norwood)," Dixon said. "He's a great player and this is a dream come true. This was definitely one of my goals when I set out to come here. I definitely want to be the best at what I do or at least up there mentioned with the best. It's just a dream come true through a lot of hard work."

Dixon has rushed for 3,164 yards on 760 attempts and 35 touchdowns during his three-plus seasons in Starkville.

Dixon is already the Bulldogs career leader in rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns and points scored (234). He is also fifth in all-purpose yardage with 3,494 and is tied with Norwood for the most 100-yard games with 13.

Dixon took over the load as a true freshman in 2006 following Norwood's departure the prior season. But the two Jackson, Miss., metro backs history dates back prior to their college careers. Dixon grew up in Terry and watched Norwood during his days at Brandon High School.

"I used to watch him because I've always been a Mississippi State fan," Dixon said. "Jerious was real fast. I even went to one of his high school games when I was in Jackson. I just kept hearing about him and people talking about how good he was. So I went down to Brandon one night and he was all the talk."

Norwood went on to be drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft and has spent four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.



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