On a list of unlikely college football friendships, D’Cota Dixon and Josh Boutte would certainly be near the top.
Boutte is the LSU lineman who blindsided Dixon after the Wisconsin safety snagged a game-clinching interception for the Badgers near the end of their Week 1 victory at Lambeau Field.
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Luckily, Dixon wasn’t hurt on the play and even gave his comments in the locker room. Boutte was suspended for LSU’s Week 2 game against Jacksonville State, despite support from Dixon, who said he wished Boutte “wasn’t suspended.”
As it turns out, the two have become even more cordial over the last few weeks, starting with a phone conversation the day after the incident.
Boutte called Dixon to apologize for the hit and make sure the Wisconsin safety was doing all right, and Dixon responded shortly after with a text asking if he could pray for the LSU lineman.
Since then, the two have bonded over their faith.
“I would have to say [what helped us become friends was] just our relationship with God,” Boutte told ESPN. “He was a big God guy and after I found out that, it kind of like just meshed. It’s almost like he’s been in my life. It was really good. He’s a really good guy.”