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D'Cota Dixon | Safety

Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 198

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Wisconsin senior S D'Cota Dixon accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.
Dixon (5'10/198) was limited by injury to just nine games played during the past campaign, recording 43 tackles, three passes defensed and a fumble forced in that slightly truncated space. As a draft prospect, he brings all kinds of high-voltage energy, though The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs notes to the extreme cautionary side that the Wisconsin product "lacks strength and consistency as a tackler to warrant role as a regular box/strong safety, struggles with playing tight in man coverage against slot receivers and doesn’t have elite anticipation to play as a single high free safety." Gulp. Crabbs wrote over the summer that Dixon might struggle to find a role in the NFL beyond that of special-teamer/depth cog. Jan 10 - 4:45 PM

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Wisconsin senior S D'Cota Dixon (right leg) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Dixon is one of many starters banged up on the Badgers. Wisconsin is dealing with key injuries on all three levels of the defense.
Source: madison.com
Thu, Oct 25, 2018 11:51:00 AM

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic lists Wisconsin senior S D'Cota Dixon as one of the top 50 "freaks" to watch for in 2018.

Some players on Feldman's list are more athlete than football player. That's not the case with Dixon, who is one of the top safeties in all of the Big Ten, if not college football. "Dixon power cleans 330 pounds, squats 515 and benches 390. He has clocked a pro agility of 4.02 seconds, broad jumps 10-5 and has a 36-inch vertical," writes Feldman. If he has another big year in 2018 and tests like that over the spring, he'll be a contender for early selection in the 2019 draft.
Sun, Jul 29, 2018 12:45:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Wisconsin's secondary as the biggest question mark for the Badgers in 2018.

Wisconsin has been dominant in stopping the run game over the past few years, but as Rittenberg notes, they have had some issues stopping the pass; particularly against teams that can spread them out. It could be an even bigger issue in 2018, as the Badgers have to replace three starters in the secondary. They do return D'Cota Dixon, however, who is one of the best safeties in the Big Ten, if not all of college football. "Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, a former All-America safety at Wisconsin, told ESPN.com this spring that he's confident in the athleticism of the group," writes Rittenberg. "But players will need to grow up in a hurry."
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jun 4, 2018 11:17:00 AM

CBS Sports college football writer Barrett Sallee lists Wisconsin senior S D'Cota Dixon as one of the players being underappreciated in 2019 mock drafts.

As Sallee notes, Dixon (5'10/204) has injury concerns, as his shoulder surgery kept him out of spring practices and likely kept him from entering the 2018 draft. When he's on the field, however, Dixon's talent is tough to ignore. "Dixon tallied 60 tackles in 2016 and 55 in 2017, and is the lone returning starter in the secondary for the defending Big Ten East champs,"Sallee writes. "The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has a nose for the football, proven leadership and should be one of the centerpieces of a new-look Badgers defense."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, May 7, 2018 02:00:00 PM

Wisconsin senior S D'Cota Dixon (shoulder) will not participate in spring practice.

Shoulder and hamstring issues cost Dixon two games during the 2017 campaign and the Badgers will be playing it safe with the safety this spring. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder registered 58 tackles (3.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and an interception this past season. Patrick Johnson and Scott Nelson are both expected to see run with the first-team defense while Dixon rests up. Wisconsin pads out its depth at the position with Eric Burrell and Seth Currens.
Tue, Mar 13, 2018 01:10:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) has been removed from the injury report and will play Saturday in the Big 10 title game against Ohio State.

Dixon, a starter, suffered the leg injury against Maryland on October 21. Over the past two weeks, he's played limited snaps. He'll now be a full-go.
Source: madison.com
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 01:50:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Dixon (5'10/204) warmed up prior to last Saturday's win over Iowa, but he did not ultimately register any statistical production in the contest. He initially sustained the leg injury against Maryland back on October 21. Look for Joe Ferguson to see a pumped up snap count if Dixon can't play versus the Gophs.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) is dressed in advance of Saturday's game against Iowa.

Dixon has been dealing with a leg injury over the past three weeks. He practiced on Thursday, though, and it looks like he will be available to at least some degree for Saturday's contest.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 03:03:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) practiced on Thursday.

Dixon is questionable for Saturday's showdown with Iowa. He initially suffered the leg injury in a win over Maryland three weekends ago. The 5-foot-10, 204-pound junior subsequently sat out versus Illinois before attempting to play against Indiana this past Saturday. Alas, he was not quite healthy enough to make it through that contest. Joe Ferguson would see additional work if Dixon can't give it a go against the Hawkeyes.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa.

Dixon (5'10/204) tried to return from his leg injury this past weekend, but was forced out of Saturday’s game against Indiana early. We should get an update on his status later this week.
Source: SB Nation
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:57:00 PM

Wisconsin junior S D'Cota Dixon (leg) has been a full participant in practice this week.

"Hopefully he'll be back. Whether it's in a starting capacity or sharing reps, is yet to be determined, but I'm pleased with where he's at," said Badgers DC Jim Leonhard. Dixon (5'10/204) ceded the field to Joe Ferguson while resting up during last Saturday's win over Illinois. He's recorded 43 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in seven games this season.
Source: 247Sports
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 07:04:00 PM