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A strong, athletic and physically-imposing defensive standout who has the capability to make a significant impact on the Pirates' front seven ... Hopes to bounce from a back from a limited role in 2011 and an injury-shortened, but productive campaign in 2010 ... Made a return to the familiar end position during the spring after lining up at outside linebacker in East Carolina's "new" 3-4 scheme a year ago (opened Pirate career as an end in a 4-3 look in 2010) ... Finally had the opportunity to compete in his first spring practice period and used a stellar effort to climb to the top of the two-deep heading into junior season ... Recorded a pair of sacks (-11 yards) in the first scrimmage on March 31 before adding five tackles, including two for lost yardage, and two batted passes in the second contest on April 7 ... Closed out spring work with two stops in the Purple-Gold Game (April 16) ... Stands as one of the strongest members of the program, with a top-ranked bench press of 480 pounds ... Also recorded lifts of 560 (back squat) and 328 (power clean), and owns jumps of 32.5" (vertical) and 9'3 (broad) ... Enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2009, but was not on the roster and did not participate during spring practice period because of eligibility requirements ... Originally signed a national letter-of-intent with North Carolina Feb. 4, 2009, but never enrolled in classes at Chapel Hill.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Sat out true freshman season in compliance with NCAA eligibility standards.
High School: SuperPrep All-America choice for coach Anthony Barbour at Smithfield-Selma High School ... Rated as the No. 6 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com and the No. 9 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Also considered one of the top 25 players in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer ... Member of the Rivals 250 and was ranked as the No. 9 inside linebacker nationally Rivals.com ... Member of PrepStar's High School All-America Team and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team ... Earned a national No. 46 billing (linebacker) by ESPN.com ... In addition to starring role as a linebacker, also experienced action as a running back, defensive end and defensive tackle during prep career ... Rushed for 767 yards and nine touchdowns on 160 carries as a senior, helping Smithfield-Selma advance to the first round of the state playoffs ... Defensively, was credited with 160 tackles and one interception as a junior ... Also added 1,589 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2007 as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Earnest Justin Dixon ... Born November 19, 1989 ... Son of Sheila and Ernest Dixon ... A communications major.