Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Height & Weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Projected Position on Depth Chart: Backup free safety
The rundown: Nixon has emerged from training camp as one of the Terps' young stars who could see the field a good amount this fall. He was the No. 46 safety in the nation, according to Scout.com, and was a first-team all-state selection in his junior year. In his senior season, Nixon had 45 tackles and three interceptions on defense while adding 600 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.
Expectations for 2012: Nixon has really impressed the coaching staff who have made Nixon the backup to Eric Franklin over Undray Clark for the regular season opener against William & Mary. In this role, Nixon will be able to get some playing time on defense and could see extended playing time early in the season, given the lack of depth in the secondary due to injuries. Nixon should also be a contributor on special teams and will need to produce consistently on special teams and defense to put himself in contention for the starting job next season.