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An impressive rookie? Certainly!
"This guy was a sixth-round pick?" The honest word of disbelief came from a friend during the first exhibition game. Laughter, and more yards followed; and by the end of the game, 49ers rookie running back Anthony Dixon had racked up 100 yards in his first career NFL game, albeit pre-season.
With two touchdowns under his belt now, there is much to be said for this young man, like "he's got a nose for the end zone."
A big fella that can rumble, Dixon has the size to lower the shoulder against defenders, and has shown he can throw a wicked stiff-arm. The little juggernaut has an extra gear and the creative style to stay unpredictable.
He's not going to see a lot of time during the regular season, being the understudy to Frank Gore and all, but so far, Dixon has made something out of the opportunity he's been given.
Of course it all comes back to attitude, and his is just great. In listening to the young man speak, I heard no arrogance nor sheepishness. Rather, there is a calm confidence about him, with a humble humility that goes a long way.
Verdict: very, very impressed.