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Breon Dixon announces he's leaving Nebraska
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Breon Dixon announces he's leaving Nebraska

Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 11.17

Nebraska linebacker Breon Dixon celebrates the Huskers' 9-6 win against Michigan State in the snow on Nov. 17 at Memorial Stadium.

Breon Dixon arrived on Nebraska's campus as a touted transfer. He is leaving NU having made only one tackle for the Huskers.

The sophomore outside linebacker announced via Twitter on Wednesday night that he's entering the transfer portal. was the first to report it.

"I have three more crucial years left and have to do what's best in my life and for my family," Dixon wrote on Twitter. "I do have the upmost respect for this program and everything that's going to come. Thank you for the lifelong relationships and the strength staff for making me what I am today!"

Dixon, a former Ole Miss player, came to Nebraska in January of 2018 and played in four games last season, taking advantage of the NCAA's four-game redshirt rule. He played exclusively on special teams, making a solo stop on kickoff coverage at Iowa.

He had one tackle April 13 in the Red-White Spring Game.

He hoped to have a significant role in 2018 after receiving an NCAA waiver that made him immediately eligible. A Georgia native, he appeared in six games at Ole Miss in 2017 as a true freshman, finishing the season with five tackles.

An Under Armour High School All-American at Grayson (Georgia) High School, Dixon was a consensus four-star recruit and was ranked by ESPN among the nation's top 150 players.

His career path looked promising in last year's Red-White Spring Game, when he recorded eight tackles.

“He’s one of those guys who can come in and have an immediate impact,” former Husker Eric Johnson, who trains players in suburban Atlanta, said last May. “If anything, start him out on special teams. Get him in there blocking field goals. Start getting his feet wet. Then start rolling him into the defense. He’ll make plays. Wherever Breon’s been, he’s always made plays.”

Johnson has known Dixon since he was in grade school. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Dixon was part of what Johnson describes as “that Gwinnett County football circle.” Johnson has trained a slew of players from the area, including several NFL players, most notably cornerback Josh Norman.

Dixon, though, apparently joins senior punter Caleb Lightbourn as players who have left the Husker program since spring practice ended April 13.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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