Averett University's Jeremy Dixon was named to the 2010 D3Football.com Preseason All-American Second Team, which was unveiled on Wednesday.

Dixon, who is entering his senior season, was named to the 2009 D3Football.com All-American Second Team as a return specialist.

Dixon was also selected to the D3Football.com All-South Region First Team as a return specialist following his junior season.

Dixon, who is also a wide receiver, had a stellar 2009 season as a return specialist for the Cougars, who finished as the runner-up in the USA South Conference with a 7-3 record. 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 2009 USA South All-Conference First Team honors as a return specialist. He was also a USA South Honorable Mention selection at wide receiver, where he caught 31 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

Averett opens its 2010 schedule on Sept. 4 at home against Hampden-Sydney College at 1 p.m.

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