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"Oh yeah, Dixon is a great back. He works hard. He's got a good, positive attitude. That's what it's all about," Norwood said. "That's what it takes to be not only a great back but a great person."
Dixon returned for his senior season in the best shape of his life and with a mandate from coach Dan Mullen to stop doing things halfway, from the classroom to the weightroom.
While Dixon was the Bulldogs' unquestioned offensive star, Mullen didn't much like what he saw in Dixon's commitment when the two first met last December.
"Well, my first impressions were getting his grades from the first semester, which weren't very good," Mullen said. "I think he'll tell you, my first conversation with him in person after our first phone call, he said, 'I've never had anybody talk to me quite like that before,' of how much he was going to be held accountable and how much was going to be expected of him."
After a strong spring and summer, Dixon had a setback when he was arrested for driving drunk. He pleaded guilty and sat out a game.
"The great thing about Anthony is he's bought in and he's very conscientious of trying to do things the right way," Mullen said. "He may not always make the best decisions, but in his heart he wants to do the right thing. That's the type of player you want to develop and the type of person you want to build your program around."
Since returning from suspension he has blended into Mullen's spread offense. The trio of Dixon, Christian Ducre and Arnil Stallworth have helped the Bulldogs become the 10th-ranked rushing team in the nation, averaging 225 yards a game.
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