It was Thursday or Friday and I heard Matthew [Robinson] couldn't play, Nixon said. Coach told me I was going to be starting and I need to know everything I need to know. I didn't see Matt after he got injured. I didn't see him at all. Then after the game, he texted me and said I played well. I texted him back that he should get well soon.
Nixon has played in five games this season, mostly contributing on special teams as fellow freshman safety Sean Davis started in place of Robinson for most of the season. Nixon has five total tackles, three unassisted tackles and two pass breakups so far this year. In his start, Nixon finished with three total tackles, two unassisted tackles and one pass breakup. Nixon was also part of the defense that held Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price and the Demon Deacon offense to only 170 yards through the air, with 73 yards coming off a long touchdown to Terence Davis on the third play of the game.
At first, the defense was kind of difficult, but now I get it and it's easier, Nixon said. I feel like I'm ready to play.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Pittsburgh native said he expected to be redshirted and that it was a surprise that he ended up with a starting job in Week 6. Nixon has not been thrown into a starting job without help though. He credited senior free safety Eric Franklin for helping him prepare for his first collegiate start.
My roommate was Eric Franklin, said Nixon. He played safety along with me so any questions I needed to know, I just asked him.
With Robinson being day-to-day, Nixon could find himself starting against the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. That game will kick off at 3 p.m.