Averett University junior Jeremy Dixon was named to the D3Football.com All-American Second Team as a return specialist, the organization announced prior to the Division III national championship Stagg Bowl.

Dixon was named to the D3Football.com All-South Region First Team as a return specialist earlier this month.

Dixon, who is also a wide receiver, had a stellar season as a return specialist for Averett (7-3), which finished second in the USA South Conference to N.C. Wesleyan. Dixon had just six kickoff returns all season, but returned two of them for touchdowns — one 88 yards against Christopher Newport and one 86 yards against N.C. Wesleyan. He finished with 298 kick return yards for an average of 49.7 yards per return.

The Hawthorne, Fla., native also had success as a punt returner. He returned 16 punts for 210 yards, including one for a 73-yard touchdown against Ferrum.

Dixon became the first player in Averett history to return two punts for a touchdown in a career, as well as the first Cougars to return a multiple kickoffs for a touchdown in a career. Dixon also had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in 2008 against Greensboro.

Dixon also earned USA South All-Conference First Team honors as a return specialist. He was also a USA South Honorable Mention selection at wide receiver, catching 31 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

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