92Gerald Dixon, Jr.
Third-year sophomore defensive tackle who figures to see regular duty this fall... listed as a co-starter along with junior J.T. Surratt entering the fall... gained valuable experience last season as a redshirt freshman... made a pair of starts... 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 a retailing major.