An extremely versatile athlete who returns as a fifth-year senior with 20 career starts over three seasons ?the most productive rushing quarterback in UAB history with 13 career touchdowns?enters his senior season ranked second on the UAB all-time passing yardage list with 2,578 career yards, second all-time in total yardage with 2,865, and tied for third all-time with 10 touchdown passes?1999:
Started 10 of 11 games, passing for 1,347 yards and seven touchdowns?also ran for six touchdowns as a junior?set new career highs for passing attempts (37) and completions (20) playing on his 22nd birthday at Cincinnati (10/16/99)?had big night with 209 yards and three touchdown passes in the win over Houston (Sep. 25), earning C-USA Player of The Week honors from the Houston Chronicle?Dixon sprained an ankle in practice prior to the East Carolina game (Wednesday, 11/3)?he dressed for the ECU game but did not play?he started and played most of the Louisiana Tech game (11/13), rushing for 73 yards on 18 carries and scoring two touchdowns ...Dixon finished the season with a career-high 243 yards passing in the win at Tulane (11/20)? 1998:
Started all nine games he played in at quarterback...did not see action vs. Southwestern Louisiana (10/3) or at East Carolina (10/10) while recovering from sprained ankle suffered in the Kansas game (9/26)...did not punt the remainder of the season after the Kansas game ...completed 69 of 139 passes for 870 yards on the season?fifth on team in rushing with 95 carries for 107 yards?led team with 16 carries for 50 yards in season opener at No. 3 Nebraska (9/5), just his second career start?also completed 8 of 15 passes for 56 yards in that game?led team in rushing vs. Tennessee Tech (9/19) with 17 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown?completed 9 of 19 passes for 96 yards in that game?was 9 of 17 for 148 yards vs. Kansas (9/26) before suffering ankle injury early in the fourth quarter that kept him out the remainder of regulation and the four overtime periods?did not see action the next two weeks while recovering from the injury ?returned to action at Louisiana Tech (11/17), completing 11 of 23 passes for 160 yards?had nine carries for 31 yards and a touchdown vs. Middle Tennessee (11/14) ?1997:
Started all 11 games at punter and saw action in nine games at quarterback?did not see action at quarterback against Kansas (8/28) or Western Kentucky (10/4)?made first collegiate start as touchdown pass, a nine-yard toss to Travis Johnson?made collegiate debut in season opener at Kansas (8/28)?set UAB single-season record with 11 punts at nationally-ranked Virginia Tech (11/1)?1996:
Sat out season as a redshirt?HIGH SCHOOL:
Two-year starter for Coach Gary Godfrey at Cleveland High School ? Birmingham News Super All-State...Birmingham News Super All-Metro...Academic All-State and All-Metro ?completed 64 of 126 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns...rushed for 720 yards and nine scores on 72 attempts...led team to playoffs and 9-3 record ...punted for a 44.6-yard average ...All-State, All-County and All-Metro as a junior...completed 55 of 140 passes for 1,230 yards and five touchdowns as a junior...rushed for 520 yards...won state title in 110-meter high hurdles as senior...also lettered in baseball, basketball, golf and track?PERSONAL:
Born Oct. 16, 1977, in Birmingham, Ala. ...son of Rick and Lynn Townson...has three sisters...an accounting major.