August 17, 2006

Most improved in fall camp

Over the last week and a half, the Georgia Bulldogs ran themselves through the gauntlet known as preseason camp which wrapped up Tuesday night. Georgia's next step will be to settle on starting positions on both sides of the ball and start preparing for the Sept. 2 season-opener against Western Kentucky. Before looking towards the Hilltoppers though, is taking a look at players who've made the biggest improvement since preseason camp began Aug. 5.

Defensive tackle Dale Dixson

In his first four years within the Georgia program, Dale Dixson was unable to come away with much production with only a start and six tackles to his credit. Last spring though, Dixson was praised for his effort on the practice field by Georgia head coach Mark Richt his play. Since preseason camp started Aug. 5, Dixson has risen up the depth chart after starting off as the No. 2 defensive tackle behind another senior, Ray Gant.

He was nearly taken away from the defensive side of the ball when he got a look at offensive guard a few days into camp, but he was back on defense after the experiment lasted just one day.

Back on defense, Dixson picked up right where he left off at the start of camp, earning praise from defensive tackles coach Rodney Garner as one of the best performing tackles before being elevating to the No. 1 spot over Gant before Gant's shoulder injury last week.

With Gant out, Dixson is all of a sudden one of the leaders of Georgia's defensive line.

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