Dixon draws attention.Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard
Darkhorse, sleeper - those descriptions no longer fit the Heisman Trophy Heisman Trophy
Annual award given to the outstanding college gridiron football player in the U.S. The trophy was instituted in 1935 by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club and was officially named the following year for the club's first athletic director, the player-coach candidacy of UO quarterback Dennis Dixon Dennis Lee Dixon Jr. (born January 11, 1985 in Oakland, California), is the starting Quarterback for The University of Oregon and is in his Senior season. Dixon was also drafted by the Atlanta Braves on June 7th, 2007 as an outfielder and spent the football offseason in the Braves .
These week, he's a front-runner.
Dixon is second in the latest Rocky Mountain News The Rocky Mountain News is a daily morning tabloid-format newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. It is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. (Despite Scripps still running the paper, it's the only newspaper in the Scripps family not to have the corporate lighthouse logo on poll of 10 Heisman voters, and second in the weekly "experts poll" conducted by ESPN.com. In both cases he is behind Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan (born on November 12, 1983 in Sharon, Ontario, Canada) is a centerman for the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles , the senior quarterback at Boston College Boston College, main campus at Chestnut Hill, Mass.; coeducational; Jesuit; est. and opened 1863. Actually a university, the school's Chestnut Hill campus comprises colleges of arts and sciences and business administration, the graduate school, and schools of nursing .
Dixon was generally considered to be fourth in the Heisman race last week, behind Ryan, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow Timothy Tebow (born August 14, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Florida Gators. A highly-touted quarterback known for his ability to run and pass, Tebow chose Florida over Alabama, Miami of Florida, Michigan, NC State, Oklahoma and UCLA. and Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson. Both SEC teams suffered a third loss over the past weekend, dropping Tebow behind Dixon, and Woodson out of the race almost completely.
Dixon has fewer passing yards (1,885 vs. 2,469) and touchdowns (16 vs. 19) than Ryan, but a better completion percentage (68.8 vs. 61.0) and fewer interceptions (three vs. eight). Ryan has five rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground, while Dixon has 492 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
No. 2 Boston College is 8-0 after winning at Virginia Tech last week, and No. 4 Oregon is 7-1 after beating USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. at home. The Eagles host Florida State this week, and Oregon welcomes No. 6 Arizona State in a game that ESPN ESPN Entertainment and Sports Programming Network will broadcast nationally, a boon to Dixon's Heisman hopes.
"You've just got to go out there and play every day, and prove you're capable of being that," Dixon said Tuesday.
Against the Trojans, Dixon was 16-of-25 for 157 yards, with no passing touchdowns for the first time this season. But he ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, didn't throw an interception and - most important to his coach - led the Ducks to a victory.
"He's making great decisions, and great plays with the ball in his hands," UO coach Mike Bellotti Robert Michael Bellotti (b. December 21, 1950 in Sacramento, California) has been the head coach of the University of Oregon football team since 1995. His accomplishments at Oregon include an 11-1 season and #2 national ranking in 2001. Education
M.S. said. "And he's leading an offense that still is one of the top five in the nation in most categories."
Saturday's game against the Sun Devils is one of three to be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2 in Oregon's final four games of the regular season. Promoting those opportunities to see Dixon in action will be the focus of Oregon's attempts to market him as a Heisman candidate, UO officials said.
Dixon won't he subjected to the onslaught of interviews faced by Oregon's last serious Heisman candidate, Joey Harrington, a finalist in 2001. Still, Dixon participated in his first media teleconference of the year Tuesday, with reporters from Arizona, and also spoke with a reporter from USA Today before meeting briefly with local media before practice.
"I've never done so many interviews in one day in my life One Day in My Life is an autobiographical novel written by Bobby Sands while serving a fourteen year sentence at Long Kesh, for possession of a gun as a member of the Irish Republican Army.
The novel was originally written on "toilet paper with a biro refill... ," Dixon said. "It's real mind-boggling. But then again, you've got to take it. It's part of the job. You've just got to focus.
"I'm trying my best in everything I do, and hopefully it's improving."
Osborne pleased with former players' success
There will be some familiar faces across the field Saturday for UO special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Tom Osborne. He spent the last six years in a similar capacity with the Sun Devils before returning to the Ducks this offseason, after former ASU ASU Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
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ASU Australian Services Union coach Dirk Koetter was fired in November.
Arizona State went 7-6 last season and is unbeaten this fall under new coach Dennis Erickson.
"I'm very happy for the players, very, very happy for them," Osborne said. "Coaching's about relationships, and you're with guys every single day. ... Of course you want those guys to have great success. I'm very happy for those guys, how their season's gone. I want them to have all the success in the world. But, that's our next opponent."
Special teams are a point of emphasis in practice this week, Bellotti said. The Ducks were held below their season averages in kickoff and punt returns by the Trojans, and allowed USC to average 24 yards on kickoff returns.
Manley out of action a year after big game against ASU
Oregon's game at Arizona State last season was the highlight of defensive end Dexter Manley II's one-year UO career.
Manley had three sacks in the Ducks' 48-13 win in Tempe, Ariz. The junior college transfer left the program over the summer and transferred to West Texas A&M for his final season of eligibility.
Manley missed the first game of this season due to a lingering injury, then suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game. The defensive end finished the season with two assisted tackles, one-half tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry.
A West Texas A&M spokesman said Manley is still enrolled in school, and the program is exploring the option of a medical hardship so he can regain a season of eligibility.
Traffic violations led to Ducks' license suspensions
Oregon linebacker Kevin Garrett and receiver Derrick Jones, each cited on Oct. 15 for driving with a suspended license, have endured lengthy suspensions, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles In the United States of America, Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV) is a commonly used name of the government agency of a U.S. state which administers the registration of automobiles (e.g., by issuing license plates), and/or the licensing of drivers (e.g. .
Garrett's license has been suspended since May 2006, and Jones' license has been suspended since May 2007, a DMV DMV
Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman said last week. Garrett was previously cited for driving with a suspended license in April.
Both suspensions were related to the players' failure to properly address multiple traffic violations.
Ex-Sheldon standout Moos redshirting for Sun Devils
Among the more familiar names on Arizona State's roster is that of redshirting freshman Bo Moos, son of former University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. athletic director Bill Moos and a Sheldon High School Sheldon High School may refer to:
Bo Moos is a 6-foot-2, 296-pound defensive end for the Sun Devils. Though not a member of ASU's official travelling party, Moos was planning to be in Eugene for Saturday's game.