Sept. 11, 2007
Two-time junior college All-America defensive back Terry Mixon has joined the Eastern Washington University football program and is expected to be able to play for the Eagles this week against UC Davis, Eagle head coach Paul Wulff announced Tuesday (Sept. 11).
Mixon left the Washington State University program last week after coming to the Cougars from Grossmont Community College near San Diego. Wulff said he has been admitted and enrolled at EWU, which starts classes on Sept. 26. Mixon could play as early as this Saturday (Sept. 15) against UC Davis for an Eastern team that has already lost three safeties for the season because of injuries.
"We were very fortunate to acquire somebody on such late notice," said Wulff, who lists Mixon as 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. "We have a huge need right now at safety because of the three season-ending injuries we've already had at that position."
Wulff said Mixon could possibly play at free safety, but most likely the rover (strong safety) position. Sophomore Kevin Hatch is starting at free safety and sophomore Robert Pearson is his backup. Senior Gregor Smith (shoulder), sophomore Jesse Hoffman (elbow) and freshman redshirt Ethen Robinson (Achilles) have been lost for the season at that position.
Senior Anthony Dotson starts at rover and is backed up by converted running back Dezmon Cole and freshman redshirt Will Edge. Depth to get Eastern through its next 10 games -- all in the next 10 weeks -- is the most important aspect of having Mixon added to the roster. Having him available this week would be a bonus.
"My understanding is that he would be able to play this week against UC Davis," added Wulff. "But he would still be limited in what he could do based on his knowledge of the defense."
Last year as a sophomore at Grossmont, Mixon was ranked by JCFootball.com as the No. 1 safety in the nation. As a sophomore, he repeated as both an All-Foothill Conference first team pick and junior college All-America selection. He was All-California Region III first team and helped his team to 10-2 record and a second-round berth in state playoffs. He was named conference player of the week three times.
As a freshman, he helped Grossmont to 13-1 record and the California State Championship. He was a four-time Foothill Conference Player of the Week. He earned all-conference first team honors and was named a junior college All-American.
Mixon was a quarterback and defensive back at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. He started at quarterback as a senior and rushed for almost 800 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 12 touchdown passes. He was a SuperPrep All-Far West selection (No. 70) as a defensive back. He had over 100 tackles, along with five interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
He was born Dec. 20, 1985, in San Diego, Calif. His parents are Timothy Mixon and Betty Randall.