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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dixon Headed for Florida

Having signed a professional baseball contract last Wednesday, UO football quarterback Dennis Dixon was in Eugene to receive his degree in sociology last Saturday before leaving yesterday for a summer playing in the Gulf Coast League. Dixon was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft 2 weeks ago but said he will definitely rejoin the football team for his senior season this fall.

"I’m going to be here for sure,” Dixon said of returning for football.

Dixon said UO head coach Mike Bellotti and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, also his position coach, have been supportive of his participation in baseball this summer, warning him only not to do anything that would jeopardize his football eligibility.

He said his teammates have also been supportive, and that he will do football exercises and studying throughout the summer to help make up for missing voluntary football workouts with the Ducks.

Dixon declined to reveal the terms of his contract with the Braves, particularly the amount of his signing bonus.

Story courtesy of The Register Guard.

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