Former 2021 Mr Football Isaac Dixon lit up the scoreboard during his time with the Belfry Pirates. Now, after spending a year at the University of Kentucky, he hopes to add a spark to the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.
Dixon, who is Belfry’s all-time leading rusher and two-time state champion, says that he felt like he needed to leave Lexington in order to achieve his goals.
“I enjoyed UK a whole lot,” stated Dixon. “I just did not see myself being able to really get to where I wanted to be during the short amount of time I had there. So, talking it over with my family and friends I felt that it would probably be better if I entered the transfer portal to see what popped up.”
Dixon stated that he is already feeling at home with the Colonels program.
“I’ve been here eight days so far,” he said. “And I’ve already gained a lot of respect from other players through practice, and it’s definitely opened up a lot of doors with meeting new people. The players here get and try to walk around and get to know everyone who is new and lend a helping hand. I can’t tell you how many times the players here have already helped me learn the plays faster and give me some points and hints. That’s all just all them wanting to help me, and they didn’t even know who I was.”
Even though EKU brought in Dixon as a running back, he says that he’s ready for the challenge and is open to other roles if called upon.
“I hope to be able to play any position that they need,” added Dixon. “I’ve played running back my whole life. That’s what I’m here for, but I also know that with my agility and speed, I could be moved to the slot or return kicks or punts. Or I could be a gunner on the kick team. Whatever they need me for, that’s what I’ll do. And I’ll do it with a smile on my face.”
Last season, Eastern Kentucky was 7-5 last season and will compete in the new United Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division I FCS level.