STARKVILLE – Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State’s standout senior running back, faces a DUI charge along with two other charges after his arrest here on Saturday night.
Dixon was also cited for careless driving and driving without proof of liability insurance.
The DUI charge carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or 48 hours in jail, as well as a minimum 90-day suspension of his driver’s license.
Dixon, a 21-year-old from Terry, will be arraigned in Starkville Municipal Court on Aug. 17.
In a school news release, coach Dan Mullen said Dixon’s discipline “will be handled inside the football program.” He also called Dixon’s actions “selfish.”
A few minutes before the press release was sent, Mullen made his first comments on the matter via Twitter, the micro-blogging Web site. The first of this three “tweets” read, “Disappointed with what happened with AD on Sat Night. We have spent a great deal of time covering these issues.”
Mullen said essentially the same thing in the press release as he did on Twitter, including a vow to “continue to work with law enforcement while educating our players about these matters.”
Dixon, in the release, said, “I sincerely apologize to not only my coaches and teammates, but also to all of the Mississippi State fans that I’ve let down by my poor decisions. I will accept whatever punishment Coach Mullen decides and hope I can move forward and prepare to help this team.”
According to the arrest report filed by the Starkville Police Department, Dixon was pulled over shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday after an officer witnessed him driving through a parking lot, “off the side of the road in this manner until he turned South on to North Montgomery Street.”
Dixon refused a field sobriety test, and the officer found two champagne bottles in the back floorboard of Dixon’s silver Chevrolet Impala, “in plain view.”
Dixon also declined to take a breathalyzer test at the police station.
Dixon should still play a big role in the spread option offense Mullen brought from Florida. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior is fourth on the school’s career rushing yards list with 2,603. That’s 609 yards shy of Jerious Norwood’s career record.
Dixon was a preseason second-team All-SEC pick by the league’s coaches last week.
He struggled at times last year, rushing for 869 yards – at 4.4 yards per carry – and seven touchdowns as MSU went 4-8. He is expected to have a broader role under Mullen, including more ball-catching duties.
“I think he’ll develop his identity as the year goes on,” offensive coordinator Les Koenning told the Daily Journal recently. “I’ve seen the hard work in the weightroom pay off for him.”
Dixon is the fifth Bulldog to be arrested since Mullen took over for Sylvester Croom in December, and all incidents have occurred since February.
MSU begins preseason drills Aug. 3. The Bulldogs’ season opener is Sept. 5 against Jackson State.
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