With fall camp almost a week old, as the Utes prepare for the pandemic shortened 2020 season, the roster starts to come into focus for the coaches, and it is never too big a surprise if you see someone decide to move on if they see their role not fitting what they want. That appears to be the case for speedster Jaylen Dixon. Dixon, a deep threat for the Utes while on campus, has decided to enter the transfer portal. The junior wide receiver was listed as an OR for the No. 2 spot in the slot receiver role, behind Britain Covey and with Tyrone Young-Smith.
I was hoping to see Dixon’s name up higher on some depth charts, but with Utah’s depth at wide receiver, and the emergence of tight end Brant Kuithe, there is going to be a lot of competition for passes this fall/winter. The coaching staff has said that the team may be more prone to throw the ball this fall, with Zack Moss moving on, and with the depth of talent on the outside. Of course, many of us will believe that when we see it, but there is no doubt there are a lot of guys on Utah’s roster that can make plays.
Losing Dixon does hurt, though, as he has proven that he can stretch defenses vertically, and is also a nice weapon horizontally on jet sweeps. It always hurts to lose a talented guy, but I think Utah can absorb that loss easier this season, than perhaps of seasons past.
The question now is where will Dixon go? With so many schools either now playing, or getting ready to play, the clock is ticking. He may try to find his way up north to Utah State with his high school quarterback Jason Shelley. That would make USU even more fun to watch with Shelley, Devontae Henry-Cole and potentially Dixon.
Regardless, best of luck to Dixon, and I hope he finds a good landing spot.