Player 47 David Nixon – Linebacker – 2003, 2006-2008
David Nixon to this point is the most consistent player that has been featured in the countdown. Nixon got better and better in just about every game he played and that can be seen easily when examining the season stats he has.
When watching highlights of Nixon, he similar to Brandon Ogletree who was featured a few days ago, waits a second before charging at a nearly perfect angle every time to stop runners and get to quarterbacks in the backfield. During his senior season he was assigned into more pass coverage situations where he ended up getting some PBU’s and interceptions.
Nixon was one of quite a few good players at BYU on the defensive side of the ball which made the need of his impact to be less than if he was the only good defender. Despite this, Nixon was all over the place able to be top five on the team in tackles for three seasons and second during his senior season. It is not often that a player is top five in tackles for four straight seasons.
David Nixon never had a 100 tackle season, never got more than four sacks, or multiple touchdowns in a season, but his overall stats and consistency earn him the grade he has. Over his career Nixon totalled 275 tackles, 43.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass break ups, 11.5 sacks, four forces fumbles and three interceptions including a pick six.
Memorable Moments B-
Nixon was part of some really big moments including defeating UCLA twice, once in the Las Vegas Bowl and then the famous 59-0 win the next year. Nixon also was part of the team and had a huge 17 yard sack in the 2008 game against Washington. Finally, he played a crucial part in both the 2006 and 2007 wins against Utah.