01/02/2013 - Scouting the Florida passing game: The Gators have struggled generating big passing plays downfield throughout the 2012 season. Florida has thrown for just 1,727 yards and 12 passing TDs this season. Two of the biggest potential TD passes of the season were wiped out due to holding penalties. Pass protection has been an issue (Gator QBs have been sacked 25 times this season) and Florida's wide receivers have been unable to consistently create separation from opposing defensive backs. TE Jordan Reed has emerged as UF's best receiver this season with 552 yards receiving and three TDs. Sophomore WR Quinton Dunbar also is starting to come on with 306 yards receiving and a team-high four TD catches. - The Sports Xchange
12/26/2012 - A fourth Florida Gators football player has accepted an invitation to play in a senior all-star game. The Senior Bowl confirmed via its Twitter account that Gators left tackle Xavier Nixon will play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Nixon will join Gators running back Mike Gillislee in the game. Gillislee accepted his invitation on Dec. 19.
The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Nixon signed with Florida out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Jake Britt as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country in the Class of 2009. He's started 32 of the 45 games he's played in at Florida, including 10 starts this season. He missed the season opener as well as the Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette game with injuries. - Mike Capshaw, Gator Country
11/24/2012 - Five Prospects to Watch in Week 13: Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida: Traditionalists might love the Ohio State-Michigan showdown but for scouts the talent and one on one matchups in the Florida-Florida State game makes it virtually a must-watch game. The myriad of skill-position players in this contest will almost certainly earn most of the attention from the announcing crew but make no mistake about it, the winner of this game will be the team who wins the key showdown between Florida State's athletic pass rushing duo of Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine against a gifted, but largely inconsistent Florida offensive line, led by their senior left tackle, Nixon.
At 6-5, 314 pounds Nixon has the build and reach to give the Seminoles' pass rushers problems. He's struggled with mental mistakes in the past, however, too often getting a late start off the ball and playing with poor pad level, negating his size advantage. Against Werner and Carradine's speed and power, that will result in Gators' quarterback Jeff Driskel getting hit early and often. Nixon can boost his stock with a strong performance in this game. He could send it tumbling if he isn't focused on his technique. This game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm eastern Saturday and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: OT XAVIER NIXON (Florida) -- Anchored Gator offensive line that ran the ball last 25 plays of game while UF converted 7-of-14 third downs in game. - SEC football
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: The strong tackle play wasn't limited to the Aggies Saturday. Florida left tackle Xavier Nixon enjoyed a strong game, as well. While the Gators surrendered a staggering eight sacks, Nixon's strong arms and quick feet were on display throughout the game. Nixon is a better athlete than his former teammate Marcus Gilbert, who has started 14 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Sunday's tilt against Denver, since they selected him with 63rd overall in 2011. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: OT XAVIER NIXON (Florida) -- Had a team-high 93 percent grade, anchoring offensive line that tallied 365 yards of total offense, against Bowling Green. - SEC football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OL - Xavier Nixon, Florida, ... Nixon, a junior from Fayetteville, N.C., played in nine games last season and saw time at tackle in the Gator Bowl. - Florida football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): OL Xavier Nixon (23), Florida, Sr., Nixon, a junior from Fayetteville, N.C., played in nine games last season and saw time at tackle in the Gator Bowl. - Florida football
05/22/2012 - SCOUTING THE FLORIDA OFFENSE: Florida is looking to develop playmakers and continue to develop continuity. First-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease, formerly of Boise State, takes over to replace Charlie Weis, who left to take the head coaching job at Kansas. Pease, a former backup QB with the Houston Oilers, mentored Kellen Moore at Boise and will look to provide a similar touch with whomever wins the quarterback competition between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel. WR Andre Debose emerged as UF's top deep threat last season but has been slowed this spring by nagging injuries. Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to develop a physical running game and has options, beginning with senior tailback Mike Gillislee. Converted receiver Omarius Hines and redshirt freshman Mack Brown also have been impressive this spring, and Muschamp said the Gators intend to use FBs Hunter Joyer and Trey Burton in one-back sets. UF's offensive line could receive a boost if senior OT Xavier Nixon plays to his potential. Nixon is up to 309 pounds after struggling to maintain weight (as low as 250 pounds) while dealing with assorted injuries last season. - The Sports Xchange
02/13/2012 - Offensive line coach Frank Verducci is out after one season at Florida, replaced by Tim Davis. Verducci, a longtime NFL assistant, left to pursue other interests. Verducci has not spent more than two years at any coaching spot since 1998. His brief stint in Gainesville was far from impressive. Florida's offensive line struggled to open holes in the running game and to protect quarterback John Brantley on a consistent basis. The result was a 7-6 record and the program's worst offense in more than two decades. It's unclear when Verducci left the program, but coach Will Muschamp wasted little time replacing him. Davis has 25 years of experience, including serving as offensive line coach at his alma mater, Utah, last season. Before that, he spent two years as Minnesota's offensive line coach and worked alongside current Florida tight ends coach Derek Lewis. Davis also spent a year as director of player personnel under Nick Saban at Alabama (2008) and worked with Florida coach Will Muschamp with the NFL's Miami Dolphins (2005-06). He also has coaching stints at Southern Cal (2002-04), Wisconsin (1997-2001), Utah (1990-96), Idaho State (1989) and Walla Walla Community College (1988). "Tim is a perfect fit for our program. He has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies," Muschamp said in a statement. - AP Sports
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