"I understand that a sixth year was probably unlikely to be granted," Mixon said. "Instead of waiting for the official decision, I wanted to get started on preparing for a professional career as soon as possible. I want to thank everybody at Cal, especially the great coaching staff and all of our fans, for making college a great experience for me."
In 2005, the Compton, Calif., product was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection after ranking ninth nationally in punt returns (14.88 ypr) and tallying 46 tackles and 13 passes defended, including three interceptions. He also had three pick-offs as a sophomore in 2004. After redshirting the 2002 season, Mixon was on his way to Pac-10 All-Freshman honors before suffering a season-ending knee injury in week four.
Mixon had considered pursuing the sixth-year of eligibility due to his multiple knee injuries but as he played in over 20 percent of his team's games in 2003, it was doubtful if he would receive the waiver.