July 12, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Baylor senior safety Ahmad Dixon is one of 48 players on the Jim Thorpe Award's 2013 watch list, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Association announced Friday.
Dixon is among 34 safeties up for the annual award, which honors the nation's best defensive back, and one of eight Big 12 players included.
The Jim Thorpe Award was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe.
Dixon is the first Baylor player to make the watch list since Jordan Lake accomplished the feat in both 2008 and 2009.
After starting every game for BU at the nickelback/"Bear" position, Dixon moved back to the safety position this spring.
He is a two-time All-Big 12 honoree, who has played in 37 career games in three years for the Bears, while starting 26 of those. His 207 career tackles are a team-high entering his final season.
Last season, Dixon earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press, while ranking seventh in the league with 7.8 tackles-per-game. The product of Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas, also received All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore by starting all 13 games and recording 89 total tackles.
Dixon was part of a Baylor defense that over the final five games of the 2012 regular season averaged 2.6 takeaways per contest. Then in a 49-26 victory over 17th-ranked UCLA in the Holiday Bowl, the BU defense allowed just 33 yards rushing on 28 attempts, while holding the Bruins' offense to 1-of-17 on third downs.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, 2013 on ESPN.
Other Big 12 players on the list include: Carrington Byndom (Texas), Sam Carter (TCU), Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma), Quandre Diggs (Texas), Daytawion Lowe (Oklahoma State), Jason Verrett (TCU) and Ty Zimmerman (Kansas State).
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