Kenneth Dixon (American football)

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Kenneth Dixon
No. 38 – New York Jets
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 26)
El Dorado, Arkansas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Strong (Strong, Arkansas)
College:Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • New Orleans Bowl MVP (2015)
  • First-team All-Conference USA (2015)
  • Second-team All-Conference USA (2013, 2014)
  • Freshman All-America Team (2012)
  • WAC Freshman of the Year (2012)
  • First-team All-WAC (2012)
  • NCAA freshman single-season record 27 rushing touchdowns
  • NCAA freshman single-season record 28 total touchdowns
  • NCAA all-time individual longest rushing play (99 yards)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Rushing yards:715
Rushing average:4.8
Rushing touchdowns:4
Receptions:36
Receiving yards:213
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Kenneth Dixon (born January 21, 1994)[1] is an American football running back for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana Tech, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Dixon attended Strong High School in Strong, Arkansas.[2] During the team's state title run in Dixon's senior year 2011, he ran for a state record 3,153 yards and 39 touchdowns.[3] For his season efforts, he was named "Mr. Football" in the state of Arkansas.[4]

Dixon also competed in track & field at Strong. At the 2011 7AA District T&F Meet, Dixon threw the shot put over 49 feet (15 meters), won the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump, and also placed 2nd in the 100-meter dash. He also was an outstanding basketball player, leading his team to the district championship as a junior.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Dixon was considered the eighth best player in the state of Arkansas.[5] He committed to Louisiana Tech University to play college football on January 6, 2012, choosing the Bulldogs over Arkansas State, Arkansas, LSU, and Ole Miss.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Louisiana Tech in 2012, Dixon ran for 1,194 yards on 200 carries and set an NCAA freshman record with 27 rushing touchdowns and 28 total touchdowns.[6][7] As a sophomore, Dixon played in 10 games, rushing for 917 yards on 151 carries with four touchdowns. During his junior year in 2014, Dixon became Louisiana Tech's all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.[8][9] For the season he had 1,299 rushing yards on 253 carries with 22 rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,070 yards on 197 carries and 19 touchdowns. He finished his career with an NCAA record 87 career total touchdowns, however the record was later broken that same season by Keenan Reynolds.[10]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

[11]

Kenneth Dixon Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds TD
2012 Louisiana Tech[12] 200 1,194 6.0 48 27 10 35 1
2013 Louisiana Tech[13] 151 917 6.1 72 4 14 85 1
2014 Louisiana Tech[14] 253 1,299 5.1 99 22 30 385 6
2015 Louisiana Tech[15] 198 1,073 5.4 65 19 33 464 7
Career 802 4,483 5.6 99 72 87 969 15

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10 18 in
(1.78 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
31 38 in
(0.80 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
4.58 s 4.28 s 6.97 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Dixon was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round, 134th overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft.[17] He played in 12 games as the Ravens' second running back behind Terrance West.[18] He ran for 382 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 30 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.[19]

On March 9, 2017, Dixon was suspended the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.[20] On July 25, 2017, it was revealed that Dixon had suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. The injury required surgery, and 4–5 months to recover, forcing Dixon out for the 2017 season.[21][22] He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2017.[23]

On September 12, 2018, Dixon was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Week 1.[24] He was activated off injured reserve on December 1, 2018.[25] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 333 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[26]

Dixon was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019, after suffering a fractured knee.[27] He was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement on September 6.[28]

New York Jets[edit]

On December 18, 2019, Dixon was signed by the New York Jets.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenneth Dixon Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Kenneth Dixon, Strong , Running Back". 247Sports. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "VIDEO: Dixon's record-breaking performance propels Strong to title". Arkansas Online.
  4. ^ Gordon, Justin (April 5, 2016). "Kenneth Dixon 2016 NFL Draft Profile". Last Word on Sports. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kenneth Dixon".
  6. ^ "Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon is an 'unselfish' star who will test Southern this weekend".
  7. ^ "Passing game hopes to open more holes for Kenneth Dixon". The Advertiser. November 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "Tech players feel RB Kenneth Dixon deserves more national respect". thenewsstar.com. August 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dixon sets La. Tech record for most career touchdowns". thenewsstar.com. December 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon passes Navy's Keenan Reynolds for first place on NCAA touchdown list". NOLA.com.
  11. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/kenneth-dixon-1.html
  12. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2015 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "Kenneth Dixon Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  17. ^ Downing, Garrett (April 30, 2016). "Round 4: Ravens Draft RB Kenneth Dixon At No. 134". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "2016 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Downing, Garrett (March 9, 2017). "NFL Suspends Running Back Kenneth Dixon For Four Games". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  21. ^ Patra, Kevin (July 25, 2017). "Kenneth Dixon suffers meniscus tear". NFL.com.
  22. ^ Wesseling, Chris (July 25, 2017). "Ravens' Kenneth Dixon done for season after surgery". NFL.com.
  23. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2017). "Ravens Announce 24 Roster Moves, Have 13 More To Make". BaltimoreRavens.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2018.
  24. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 12, 2018). "Ravens Place RB Kenneth Dixon on Injured Reserve, Promote Rookie". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  25. ^ Brown, Clifton (December 1, 2018). "Kenneth Dixon Activated From Injured Reserve, Alex Collins Placed on IR". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  26. ^ "Kenneth Dixon 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  27. ^ Brown, Clifton (August 31, 2019). "Trace McSorley Makes the Team, Plus Other Notable Decisions". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  28. ^ Brown, Clifton (September 6, 2019). "Kenneth Dixon Officially Released From Injured Reserve". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  29. ^ Williams, Charean (December 18, 2019). "Kenneth Dixon signs with Jets". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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