Gerald Dixon, Jr.
* Two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
Fifth-year senior defensive lineman who is listed as a starter at the nose tackle position entering the fall... credited with 56 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks over the past three seasons... has appeared in 37 games, making 15 starts... owns two blocked kicks... recognized as one of four Everyday Effort award winners in the spring... a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Junior defensive tackle who started 12 of 13 games... recorded 29 tackles, forced one fumble and blocked a pair of kicks... blocked 42-yard field goal attempt against East Carolina, the first by a Gamecock since 2011... tied a then-career best with four tackles versus Georgia, which he previously set against the Bulldogs in 2013... recorded a tackle for loss at Vanderbilt... tied a career-high with four tackles and recorded his first career forced fumble at Auburn... made a career-high five tackles at Florida and blocked a field goal late in the contest, keeping the Gamecocks alive in a game they would win in overtime... had four stops including a sack in the Independence Bowl win over Miami... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Played in 12 games, making one start... credited with 18 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss... started the opener against North Carolina and responded with three tackles, including a half-sack and a quarterback hurry... posted a career-high four stops against Georgia... logged a seven-yard tackle for loss at Tennessee... sustained an ankle sprain in that game and did not travel to Mizzou... credited with a half-tackle for loss among three stops versus Florida... presented with the Everyday Effort Award for the defense in the spring.
2012: Redshirt freshman defensive tackle... saw action in 12 games, making nine tackles.... started two contests, getting the nod against Florida and Tennessee, replacing an injured Kelcy Quarles... intercepted a pass at Kentucky... had a season-best three stops in the win over the Vols... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Northwestern High in Rock Hill, S.C. in 2011... coached by Jimmy Wallace... logged 100 tackles, 10 sacks, eight tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two interceptions as a senior... anchored the line for a Trojan team that went 15-0 and won the Class 4A Division II state championship... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... logged 90 tackles and three sacks as a junior... considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com... rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com... named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region class... selected Carolina over Maryland.
PERSONAL: Gerald Dixon Jr. was born March 30, 1993... is the older half-brother to teammate Gerald G. Dixon... father, Gerald Dixon Sr., played at South Carolina from 1990-91 before going on to a 10-year career with three teams in the NFL and is an assistant coach at Rock Hill (S.C.) High... is an interdisciplinary studies major who graduated in May.