Anthony Nixon, senior, safety, No. 20
Collegiate stats: 36 games, 163 tackles (101 solo), 3.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight pass deflections
High school: Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
High school stats (Senior Year): 45 tackles, three interceptions, 30 catches, 600 yards, 11 touchdowns
Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (.8342), No. 127 wide receiver, No. 36 player in Pennsylvania
Who Maryland beat: Pittsburgh
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How'd He Get to College Park?
Nixon committed to Maryland about a month after his high school quarterback, Perry Hills, did in June 2011. He played safety and wide receiver at Central Catholic, earning all-state honors.
Nixon played a lot more than expected as a true freshman, playing in all twelve games with 5 starts. He led all Maryland freshmen with 41 tackles, and had nine tackles and an interception against Virginia, his second career start.
As a sophomore in 2013, Nixon started 11 games, recording 60 tackles. He set a career high with 12 tackles against Virginia, and then became the first player in program history to score a defensive PAT, returning a blocked extra point for a touchdown against Boston College.
Last year, Nixon started all 13 games for the first time in his career, recording a career-high 62 tackles (fifth on the team). He also led the team with seven solo tackles in the Foster Farms Bowl loss to Stanford and was named to our All-Edsall team.
With a new partner at safety, Nixon helps lead an experienced Maryland secondary to a shutdown season.
For three years, Anthony Nixon was paired up with Sean Davis at safety. With Davis now at cornerback, Nixon will be paired up with A.J. Hendy this season, a former four-star recruit whose Maryland career has seen injury and suspension. The move helps get a lot more talent onto the field for the Terrapins, and Maryland's secondary has already been hailed as one of the best on the East Coast.
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