On Wednesday, Zenitz revealed the big news that will put a nice smile on the faces of all Tennessee faithful.
“Former Clemson and West Virginia running back Lyn-J Dixon has committed to Tennessee,” tweeted Zenitz. “Dixon ran for 1,420 yards in four seasons at Clemson.”
Moreover, Dixon was a four-star recruit out of the Class of 2018, and was the No. 31 recruit out of Georgia at the time, per the On3 Consensus. The Butler, GA native was also the No. 19 overall running back in the nation, and the No. 280 overall ranked recruit.
Now, Lyn-J Dixon is joining a Tennessee offense that has shown how explosive they can be with Hendon Hooker at the helm. Under the guidance of Josh Heupel, Dixon could have a breakout season with the Volunteers if he can make his talent known.
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Furthermore, Hendon Hooker will enter the 2022 season with a ton of hype and rightfully so. He finished last season on a hot streak, averaging 269 passing yards and three touchdowns per game over his last three. But if you rewind to this time last year, it was Joe Milton having all of the eyeballs on him in Knoxville. Earning the starting job to begin 2021, he eventually gave way to Hooker as the Tennessee offense exploded.
Even with the two going through a quarterback battle last season and Hooker eventually taking Milton’s job, they have a solid relationship with one another — especially off the field. Tennessee quarterback coach Joey Halzle recently discussed how the two quarterbacks get along, saying there’s a “real friendship” between Hooker and Milton but they are still competitive on the field.
“It’s been great,” Halzle said. “Joe and Hendon have a real relationship, not just on the field but off it. They have become really, really close friends. They compete with each other every day. Growing up, you always want to beat your best friend, but it’s always in a positive light. That positivity and that positive energy has really just translated into our QB room. Tayven (Jackson) has walked right into that. It’s been a good environment for him.”