Dennis Dixon, quarterback for the University of Oregon and an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves’ farm system, will miss the rest of the football season after having surgery on his left knee. Dixon tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Arizona State on Nov. 3, but played on it against Arizona the following week. His knee buckled early and he was removed for the remainder of the game as Arizona upset the then-No. 2 team in country.
Dixon was selected in the 2007 draft by the Braves in the fifth round. Coming out of high school he was reported to have above-average arm strength, speed and raw power. Rather than sign with the Cincinnati Reds, who picked him in the 20th round of the 2003 draft, Dixon decided to attend Oregon to be their quarterback even though the school did not have a varsity baseball team at the time.
Dixon split his summer between the GCL Braves and Rookie-level Danville. In 74 at-bats he hit .176/.322/.216.
The 22-year-old was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and Oregon was lined up for a shot at the national championship before losing to Arizona. There is no information at this time on how this will affect his baseball potential. Dixon was also named the best athlete in the Braves’ draft class in the 2007 Draft Report Cards.