D’Cota Dixon is a 2018 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist, a multiple-semester Dean’s List student, has been named Academic All-Big Ten the last two years and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2018. He is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology. A team captain and also on the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists, Dixon has volunteered his time at more than 30 events and is one of the most dedicated volunteers across all sports at UW. He is working on a program aimed at reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services for student-athletes.
A multiple-semester Dean's List student, Dixon has been named Academic All-Big Ten each of the last two seasons and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2017-18.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation psychology (3.32 GPA) in May of 2018 and is pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology.
In 2017, Dixon was presented the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award from the National Association for Academic Advisors of Athletics, recognizing his academic success and perseverance in the face of extremely difficult circumstances growing up in South Florida and significant physical setbacks faced as a student-athlete at UW.
Third-team All-Big Ten (2016) as starting safety on Badgers team that went 11-3 and won the Cotton Bowl.
First-team All-Big Ten (2017) for his role in leading the defense of a Badgers team that went 13-1 and won the Orange Bowl.
Recipient of 2017 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award and 2017 FWAA/Orange Bowl Courage Award for overcoming obstacles to have success on and off the field.
Began 2018 season on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy.
Elected team captain as a senior (2018).
Also elected to fill in as captain for final 9 games as a junior after a senior teammate left team in 2017.
Dixon has volunteered his time at more than 30 events through the Badgers Give Back community service initiative and has long been one of the group's most dedicated volunteers across all sports at UW. He also has spent countless hours on additional volunteer opportunities he organizes himself -- "If someone takes the time to reach out to me and I can fit it in my schedule, how can I tell them no?" he says. He continued to spend numerous hours working with troubled youth at the Dane County Youth Correctional Center even after a psychology internship there ended, and he worked with the UW Athletics Department of Clinical and Sport Psychology to help develop a program aimed at reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services for student-athletes.
D'Cota consistently places others ahead of himself, whether in taking the time to mentor young teammates, giving his time in service to the community or simply going out of his way to show concern for those around him. These qualities are perhaps best summed up in a quote from his head coach, Paul Chryst: “D’Cota has had a tremendous impact on me as a coach and, more importantly, as a person. He is humble, genuine, fun, compassionate, loyal, persistent and passionate about life’s opportunities. He is a great teammate, a diligent worker, a person of true faith and a leader. Nothing is too big or too small for D’Cota, be it a person or a situation. He is extremely willing and gracious to spend countless hours in community service and outreach opportunities. The characteristics that describe D’Cota are the very same characteristics I would want someone to use to describe any one of my family members or myself.”