Redshirt Dixon ready in emergency, too

January 11, 1998|By Paul McMullen

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Juan Dixon, a freshman guard from Calvert Hall, has accepted Maryland's plan to redshirt him this season, but he's also prepared to play should one of the Terps' three guards be sidelined by a serious injury.

Dixon, a two-time All-Metro selection by The Sun, didn't get a standardized test score that would qualify him for freshman eligibility until November. He didn't practice with the Terps until Christmas week, when he said that he wanted to play this season.

He's still ready to sacrifice a shortened freshman season if the Terps need him in a pinch.

"One of the assistant coaches said something about that," said Dixon. "If it was for the team, I would do it.

"It's coach's [Gary Williams] idea, that it would benefit me more to sit out, and there are good reasons to redshirt. I don't mind sitting out, even though I thought I could contribute this season."

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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