December 8, 2000 |
Brian Poli-Dixon, one of five juniors to ask the NFL where he might be drafted, said Thursday he will return to UCLA for his senior season. "I'm definitely going to stay," he said. "I want to set some records here, and we're going to have a great year. And I really haven't played to my potential yet." Poli-Dixon caught 46 passes for 700 yards this season. He said he expected fellow receiver Freddie Mitchell, who caught 68 passes for a school-record 1,314 yards, to turn pro.
September 21, 2000 |
With the ninth best pass defense in the nation, Oregon loves to take chances by having its defensive backs play man-to-man. UCLA wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon is hoping the Ducks try this tactic against him Saturday. If they do, he plans to make them pay. "They put their corners out on islands without any real help in the middle," said Poli-Dixon, who has only five catches for 75 yards for the 3-0 Bruins. "It will definitely be a big game for receivers.
September 17, 2000 |
Freddie Mitchell turned in one of the greatest days ever for a UCLA receiver. Michigan deserves a lot of the credit. Tailback DeShaun Foster was watching TV and heard some Wolverines say they only needed to slow down Foster to beat the Bruins. Foster passed this along to flanker Mitchell and split end Brian Poli-Dixon, either in the name of friendship or, just maybe, motivation. "That makes it personal," Poli-Dixon said. In Saturday's 23-20 victory, Mitchell had 10 catches, tying J.J.
September 23, 1999 |
Backup split end Brian Poli-Dixon might be lost for the season because of a broken right wrist, another blow for the receiving corps that was expected to be among the best in the country but instead has been beset by injuries. Poli-Dixon was hurt in the first quarter of Saturday night's win over Fresno State at the Rose Bowl, but continued to play, even catching a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that supplied the eventual 35-21 margin. The extent of the injury was learned Wednesday.
August 20, 1999 |
A lineup battle is underway at split end, where Brian Poli-Dixon has disappointed coaches and is in danger of losing his starting job to Brad Melsby. Poli-Dixon was an honorable mention All-Pacific 10 selection last season while leading the Bruins in touchdown receptions (10) and finishing second in catches (44), but he has been unimpressive in the opening days of his junior season.
October 25, 1998 |
Brian Poli-Dixon knew what everyone would be thinking the first time a pass came his way Saturday against California. All the visions of him dropping that wide-open, sure-thing touchdown against Oregon the week before would come right back. This time he caught the first ball thrown in his direction. And the next one, a 17-yard touchdown pass that he had just enough time to get his hands in front of when he turned back toward the quarterback.