Why a desire to be a policeman led Daviyon Nixon to Iowa, why his dad compares Nixon to Jevon Kearse, and more
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Why a desire to be a policeman sent Daviyon Nixon to Iowa
Adults would always ask Daviyon Nixon if he would go to college. He would always answer yes.
Adults would always ask next what he would major in. He would always say law enforcement.
Nixon was too young to know criminal justice was the major he sought.
“That has basically been my calling since I was 3,” Nixon said.
He used to watch “First 48 Hours” and “Law and Order” with his mom. He would run around the house with a police badge and police belt, commanding family members around.
“It just kind of stuck with me,” Nixon said.
When it came time for the Kenosha (Wis.) Indian Trail Academy star to choose what which college he would attend and play defensive tackle, his desire to be a policeman came to the forefront. Northern Illinois and Purdue didn’t offer a criminal justice major. Iowa did.
Nixon and his family met with a criminal justice teacher during his official visit to Iowa City in January. The conversation helped push him over the edge. He would de-commit from the Huskies and sign with the Hawkeyes.
And when he’s done suiting up for the black and gold, he expects his time at Iowa will have helped him set up for his future career in law enforcement.
“They help the community and make the world a better place,” Nixon said. “That is where I felt like I fit in because I am always helping someone. For me it kind of clicked.”
The next freak
Nixon stands 6 feet 4. His wingspan is 7-2. He weighs 284 pounds. No, he’s not a typical football player.
“Just a freak,” Rodney Nixon, his dad said.
The word choice is specific because it’s the nickname of the player Daviyon reminds Rodney of.
When Rodney sees Daviyon stop jet sweeps by running down running backs from behind he thinks of Jevon Kearse.
“He’s got that freak of nature with those long arms and quick speed,” Rodney said. “I’ve seen him chase down quarterbacks. I know now he is going to be special and I am so glad he’s just scratched the surface of his ability in football.”
Kearse was a 6-4, 215-pound edge rusher at Florida who used his athleticism and speed to generate pressure. He earned first-team All-American honors in 1998. Tennessee drafted Kearse No. 16 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He would go on to play 11 seasons with Tennessee and Philadelphia.
Kearse recorded 312 tackles, 74 sacks and 28 forced fumbles as a pro. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1999 — a season that ended with the Titans in the Super Bowl — and would make those Pro Bowls in each of his first three seasons. Foot and ankle injuries slowed down his production throughout the rest of his career.
The revenge of the late tip
Basketball fans received bad news on Tuesday. The South Dakota vs. Iowa NIT game on Wednesday was pushed back to an 8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET tip.
The game time was rescheduled because a snowstorm delayed the UNC Greensboro vs. Syracuse game until Wednesday, and with television wanting to fit both Syracuse and Iowa onto the schedule the Hawkeyes drew the short straw and received the later, 9 p.m. start time.
The 9 p.m. start is a longstanding sore spot for some fans because the games end late and it makes for a long night for fans who must drive across the state to get home.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 15, 2017
Greatest Iowa Basketball Player Update
Land of 10 is trying to figure out who the best Iowa basketball player ever is. Readers are voting each day in the latest bracket matchup. The first round consists of four players, with two advancing to the second round.
Fred Brown, Matt Gatens, Chad Calabria and Brad Lohaus squared off on Day 13 — and Brown and Gatens will move on to the second round.
Lots of links
- Why his dad’s workout routine helped turn Daviyon Nixon from an overweight eighth grader into a future Iowa defensive tackle.
- Wide receiver Matt VandeBerg reportedly reinjured his foot and won’t take part in spring practice.
- Iowa basketball fans are snapping up NIT tickets and the players are looking forward to playing in front of a packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
- Vote in the Greatest Iowa Basketball Player bracket. The Day 14 bracket is here.