For most of the defensive backs, this spring marks the first time with a familiar scheme
No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10
Boston College 20, Maryland 17
Terps possess the 11th-ranked defense nationally
Maryland plays host to NC State Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
As a Freshman (2012): Played in all 12 games with five starts ... led all freshmen on the team with 41 total tackles, including 26 solo stops ... also had one interception and two fumble recoveries ... played a reserve role against William & Mary (9/1) but did not record a tackle ... had one tackle vs. Temple (9/8) ... assisted on a tackle against Connecticut (9/15) ... played a reserve role against West Virginia (9/22), but did not record a tackle ... made his first career start against Wake Forest (10/6) and recorded three total tackles, including two solo tackles ... started against Virginia (10/13) and led the team with nine total tackles, including four solo tackles ... also had one interception and returned it 21 yards ... recorded four total tackles against NC State (10/20) ... totaled six solo tackles against Boston College (10/27) ... recorded eight tackles including four solo tackles against Georgia Tech (11/3)... totaled nine tackles including seven solo tackles and one fumble recovery against Clemson (11/10)... played a reserve role against Florida State (11/17) but didn't record a tackle.
At Central Catholic High School: A highly-regarded player who ﬁnished his senior year with 30 catches for over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns ... also chipped in 45 tackles and three interceptions ... the 38th-best player in the state according to 247Sports.com ... ranked No. 46 nationally among safeties by Scout.com ... helped lead the Vikings to an 11-1 record in 2011 including a win over Archbishop Wood on ESPN... a Class AAAA ﬁrst-team all-state selection as a senior and junior ... first team all WPIAL in his senior season ... also ran track and holds three school records ... also considered Pittsburgh ... coached by Terry Totten.
Personal: Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... parents are Betty McCray and Anthony Nixon, Sr. ... high school teammate of Perry Hills.