Herman Johnson = Orlando Pace

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  1. MikebTiger

    MikebTiger Freshman

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    Has anyone seen a pic of this guy? He is a freaking human mountain.

    Schweet recruiting job by Saban.

    Anyone hear Stan Hixon might go to the redskins?
     
  2. SoLa in NoIll

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  3. SoLa in NoIll

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    Stupid registry. Here's the article:

    LSU's Hixon Catches On To Gibbs's Staff

    By Nunyo Demasio
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 26, 2004; Page D09


    In 1977 and 1978, when Stan Hixon was a top receiver at Iowa State, Vinny Cerrato was a quarterback for the Cyclones. Cerrato, the Washington Redskins' vice president of personnel, will soon be reunited with his former teammate, who has been hired as the Redskins' wide receivers coach.

    The hiring of Hixon, 46, completes Coach Joe Gibbs's two-week search for a staff, which with a payroll of at least $4 million is believed to be the costliest in league history. Gibbs will detail the roles of all his assistants today.

    Hixon, who was wide receivers coach for national champion Louisiana State last season, is the lone member of Gibbs's 15-member staff with no NFL experience as a coach or a player. He has no ties to Gibbs, unlike others on the staff, and he has only spoken to Cerrato a couple of times since graduating from Iowa State in 1979.

    So how did he land his first NFL job? Hixon, speaking by telephone yesterday from Baton Rouge, La., unleashed a long, uproarious laugh before answering.

    "This job came out of left field," he said. "But I feel blessed because I've always had a goal to coach in the NFL. Getting a chance to work with Joe, that's like hitting a home run."

    Washington's group of receivers, led by Laveranues Coles, was one of the best units on the 5-11 team last season. Hixon admits he is more familiar with Coles (82 catches, 1,204 yards) and No. 2 wideout Rod Gardner from their college careers, Coles at Florida State, Gardner at Clemson.

    "Obviously it's going to be a learning experience," said Hixon, who coached against both as an assistant at Georgia Tech from 1995 to '99. "But whether it's high school, college or the pros, you have to teach the same techniques."

    Several of Hixon's former college players are in the NFL, including Josh Reed (Buffalo Bills), Kelly Campbell (Minnesota Vikings) and Dez White (Chicago Bears). Another, LSU junior Michael Clayton, caught 78 passes for 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Tigers this season, averaged 13.8 yards a catch, and is projected as a late first-round choice in the 2004 draft.

    Hixon has had a peripatetic college assistant's career starting with a brief stint in Richmond in 1980, followed by Morehead State (1980-82), Appalachian State (1983-88), South Carolina (1989-92), Wake Forest (1993-94) and Georgia Tech (1995-99). Hixon -- who has also coached running backs and tight ends -- was part of LSU Coach Nick Saban's original staff in 2000.

    The Redskins contacted Saban for permission to interview Hixon on Jan. 14. He flew into Washington Thursday and had a lengthy interview at Redskins Park on Friday. When Gibbs offered him the job that day, Hixon didn't hesitate to accept before heading back to Baton Rouge, La., that afternoon.

    But he is still surprised to find himself in Washington.

    "Myself and my wife are very curious," said Hixon, laughing again. "I'm looking forward to working with a great group of coaches."

    Redskins Notes: The NFL limits its teams to one three-day minicamp during the offseason, often held in May. However, a new head coach like Gibbs may have two extra minicamps, according to Greg Aiello, the NFL vice president of public relations.

    There are almost no prohibitions regarding the scheduling, and there are no limits to the frequency of camps for rookies. Gibbs has indicated that he wants to hold minicamp sooner rather than later, partly to help evaluate the roster. . . .

    Mike Stock, the Redskins' special teams coach the previous three seasons, has signed with the St. Louis Rams. . . . Cornerback Champ Bailey is the only Redskin on the Sporting News's all-pro team, determined by the voting of 26 NFL personnel directors.
     
  4. TigerPrideLSU

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    They got a picture on ESPN.com on the Recruiting page. He's a monster.
     

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