Cowboys Hot Routes: Rookie CB Dixon relives college highlights

08/05/2014 10:02 PM

08/05/2014 10:25 PM

Ahmad Dixon couldn’t have asked for a much better college career.

He was part of a group that helped put Baylor in the national conversation, going to bowl games in all of his four seasons and playing alongside a Heisman Trophy winner.

Dixon, a safety drafted in the seventh round by the Cowboys, reflected back on his five favorite college games.

1 Defeating Kansas State, 52-24, in 2012. “Everyone thought K-State was going to the national championship game and we were coming off two bad games. I don’t even think anyone in Vegas thought we’d win that week, but we jumped out on them. We didn’t ever look back after that.”

2 Defeating Texas, 30-22, in 2010. “This was a wild game in Austin my freshman year. We hadn’t beaten them in Austin [since 1991] and it was a fight until the end. We had to scratch and claw for everything. Every single play mattered and it was a lot of fun.”

3 Defeating Texas, 48-24, in 2011. “Another great game my sophomore year. This was special simply because they were talking so much trash before and we proved them wrong. We also hadn’t beaten them in Floyd Casey for a number of years and to win at home was cool.”

4 Defeating Oklahoma, 45-38, in 2011. “This is when [Robert Griffin III] solidified himself as the Heisman. Griff went to his bail-out man at the end, Terrance Williams, and dropped a perfect pass into Terrance’s hands. It was also our first win against Oklahoma, so not only did RG III win the Heisman, but it was a historical moment.”

5 Texas Bowl in 2010 vs. Illinois. “We lost but this game was important because we went to a bowl game for the first time in 16 years. I feel that’s what started the legacy for where Baylor is now. My freshman year we just wanted to get eligible for bowl games and now the goal is even higher to win bowls and contend for national titles.”

Coaching assignments

Most of Jason Garrett’s top assistants will join him along the sidelines during games.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, offensive coordinator and line coach Bill Callahan and passing game coordinator Scott Linehan will all be on the sidelines.

Garrett said it comes down to personal preference and he felt having those three with direct access to the players was more important than having a better view of the game. It also allows Linehan to have direct communication with Tony Romo using the coach-to-quarterback headset system when calling plays.

Tech savvy

NFL teams have began using tablet computers on the sidelines and the Cowboys are ready to put them to work for the first time Thursday in San Diego.

There were some technical glitches with them during the Hall of Fame game on Sunday, but coach Jason Garrett feels it’s a good step for the league. The tablets will have photos from each play, replacing the hard copies that had been used in the past.

Quote of the day

“He’s a special guy. He’s certainly in the top five player/person that on any level of the NFL that I’ve been associated with in the 25 years in the NFL. Period. Across the board.” — Jerry Jones on tight end Jason Witten

Injury report

CB Morris Claiborne (right knee): Will not play Thursday.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence (right foot): Underwent surgery last Thursday.

DT Terrell McClain (ankle): Hopes to begin running this week.

S Matt Johnson (hamstring): Day-to-day.

DE Anthony Spencer (knee surgery): Placed on PUP list.

DT Amobi Okoye (personal health issue): Placed on nonfootball injury list.

LB Will Smith (groin): Day-to-day.

OT Darius Morris (hamstring): Day-to-day.

CB Sterling Moore (groin): Day-to-day.

DL Ben Bass (hamstring): Day-to-day.

OT Darrion Weems (shoulder): Day-to-day.

DE Ben Gardner (shoulder): Day-to-day.

WR Dezmon Briscoe (concussion): Day-to-day.

S Barry Church (ankle): Day-to-day.

S Jakar Hamilton (concussion): Hopes to return Saturday.

CB Dashaun Phillips (hamstring): Day-to-day.

DE George Selvie (groin): Day-to-day.

LB Rolando McClain (quad): Did not practice Tuesday.

CB Tyler Patmon (hip flexor): Day-to-day.

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