SMU is getting an upgrade along the defensive line heading into the 2017 season with the addition of former Tennessee defensive end Dimarya Mixon, who will transfer to SMU for his final year of eligibility, he confirmed with Pony Stampede. Mixon's excited to be back in Texas.
"My No. 1 biggest thing was coming home to be able to play in front of my family," Mixon told Pony Stampede. "I've been about 13 hours away for the last three and a half years and I think it played a impact on me not having family around."
The rising senior originally from Compton, Calif. will bring a veteran presence to the Mustangs' defensive line heading into Chad Morris' third season on the Hilltop.
"I kinda always knew about the tradition when I was going to high school. Multiple people talked about SMU and I had been up to the campus a couple times," Mixon said. "When I really found out more about the football program and university overall, I felt like this was a place I could come and be loved and make a big impact." http://www.scout.com/college/southern-methodist/story/1778582-smu-quarte...
Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and Mixon decided staying at defensive end is best for Mixon at SMU.
"After sitting down with coach Wyatt, we talked about me pretty much just playing at defensive end," Mixon said. "This is what best fits my body right now."
Mixon has two credits to finish up at Tennessee and once he completes those, he'll be eligible immediately for SMU and plans to arrive in July. He walked at graduation last week.
Mixon attended West Mesquite High School in Texas before he signed with Nebraska in 2013. The former Scout three-star didn't enroll at Nebraska and landed at Tennessee in 2014, where he played in 12 games, making four tackles for the Vols.
Mixon backed up eventual first round NFL draft pick Derek Barnett for the 2015 and 2016 seasons after moving to defensive end. The 6-4, 260-pound lineman recorded career-high two tackles for a loss and had one 13-yard sack vs. Tennessee Tech in 2016.
In 37 career games in Knoxville, Mixon notched 19 total tackles, a sack, 3.5 TFL and three quarterback hurries.
Mixon's departure from Knoxville, Tenn. was his decision, he said in a tweet below, as he was looking for a fresh start and what's best for his future.
Head coach Butch Jones suspended Mixon for this season's Music City Bowl for disciplinary reasons and was sent home.