Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #6 RB, #95/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 4 2009 Senior Bowl Invite�2009: Charged with driving under the influence in July 2009 after officers found him intoxicated with two empty champagne bottles on the floorboard of his car. He refused a field sobriety test and declined a breath intoxication test at the department, according to the report. 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 197-869-4.4-7; Rec: 20-117-5.8-2; Led the club and finished fifth in the Southeastern Conference by rushing 197 times for 869 yards, a 4.4-yard per carry average, and seven touchdowns � The three scores gave him 34 career touchdowns, the most in school history. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 287-1066-3.7-14; Rec: 14-167-11.9-2; Only missed starting against UAB at mid-season on a coach�s decision � He became just the seventh back (ninth occurrence) in school history and the first Bulldog sophomore ever to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a single season � Finished seventh in the SEC in rushing yards per game (82.0) and 10th in scoring (7.4 points per game) � He was third in the league in scoring touchdowns (14), second among all running backs � His rushing attempts easily eclipsed the previous MSU record (236; James Johnson, 1998) � Was named State�s Offensive Player of the Game in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over Central Florida � Rushed 24 times for 86 yards, a 3.6-yard per carry average, and the game�s deciding six-pointer in a 10-3 win over the Knights. 2006: 12 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 169-668-4-9; Rec: 4-42-10.5-0; Rebounded from missing substantial time during preseason camp with an ankle injury � He finished 10th in the Southeastern Conference in rushing, second among all freshmen � Suffered a broken little finger on his left hand on Tuesday the week of the Auburn game � Underwent surgery on Wednesday morning to correct the fracture � Despite not practicing the remainder of that week, led the Bulldogs by rushing 15 times for 69 yards, a 4.6-yard average, against the Tigers. Was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his play in the Bulldogs� Week 10 win over Alabama, a performance that included season-high rushing attempts and yardage � Rushed 25 times for 121 yards, a 4.8-yard per rush average, in the victory at Tuscaloosa.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 6/173 -- Anthony Dixon, RB, 6-0, 233, Mississippi State: Dixon led the SEC with 1,391 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He could become the 49ers' short-yardage back. - by The Sports Xchange
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08/15/10 - RB Anthony Dixon will be asked to step into the role of No. 2 running back after Glen Coffee's abrubt retirement. Dixon's education, however, promises to be a long one. He played in a wide-open offense at Mississippi State and must adapt to the 49ers' more straight-ahead, power-based philosophy.
Dixon has been embarrassed in blitz pick-up drills by the team's linebackers, and pass protection is one of the biggest areas in which he must improve. Said coach Mike Singletary: "He's a ways away. He's got a lot of work to do in every area -- from just being able to hit the hole, knowing when to dance a little bit, knowing when to hit at full speed, knowing when to make a cut, knowing exactly where that guard is going to -- how close that guard is going to be off the center -- and how quickly he has to make a decision, how much time he has to hit a hole, the protections. ... So, it's just going to be one of those things where we really have to pour a lot into him right now and hopefully he can handle it. But thankfully, it's early."
08/13/10 - RB Anthony Dixon steps into the role as Frank Gore's backup following Glen Coffee's announcement that he is walking away from football. "He and Coffee were competing to see who that backup guy was going to be," said coach Mike Singletary. "And right now, it really forces Dixon to grow up really quick. It's one of those things where he is going to take more snaps; he's going to get more of the workload. He's really going to have to step it up in terms of his learning progression and his learning of things. He's going to have to grow up real quick."
08/08/10 - RB Anthony Dixon, a sixth-round pick from Mississippi State, is a player for whom the 49ers have high hopes. First, however, Dixon must master the art of pass blocking, something with which he struggled this week. Dixon was particularly bad against fellow rookie NaVorro Bowman, getting run over by the linebacker on one blitz-pickup drill and whiffing as he tried to block Bowman in the rematch
07/22/10 - RB Anthony Dixon is another big back who runs like a smaller man. He must learn to be more decisive and run with a lower pad level.
06/14/10 - RB Anthony Dixon (6/173/Mississippi State) signed a four-year deal with the 49ers. Terms were not disclosed. Dixon led the SEC with 1,391 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He could become the 49ers' short-yardage back.