D’Cota Dixon was a dynamic defensive back for Wisconsin throughout his career in Madison, but on Tuesday night, it was his exceptional character that was recognized.
Dixon was named the winner of the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year on Tuesday, an award presented someone who demonstrates exemplary character and commitment to community, family and teammates. Dixon was among three finalists for the award, along with Kansas State’s Dalton Risner and Auburn’s Derrick Brown.
This is the second year for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award, with the inaugural honor being presented last fall. UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin was the first recipient of the award.
After being named the winner, Dixon gave an acceptance speech:
"Love can really have the power to transform and shape us as people"
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 13, 2019
The winner of the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year will also receive a $10,000 contribution in his name to his school’s athletic scholarship fund.
Dixon played in nine games for the Badgers in 2018, totaling 43 tackles and 2.5 stops for loss. He also recorded three pass break-ups. For his career, the defensive back finished with 177 tackles, eight pass break-ups and five interceptions.