UK Football

Tony Dixon dealt with adversity and sees opportunity aheadQ&A

Fifth-year senior running back Tony Dixon is entering the final stretch of his Kentucky football career. Dixon has been slowed by injuries for much of his time at UK and has had trouble getting untracked in 2008, rushing for 160 yards on 53 carries with a team-high four rushing touchdowns. Dixon surpassed 1,000 career yards rushing this season and needs just 2 more yards to move into 25th place on UK's all-time list. Dixon spoke this week about his UK career.

Q: How important is it for you to finish the season strong? Has it been frustrating?

A: It's very important, for my sake and the team's sake, for me to finish strong. It's going to be critical. It's been frustrating just a little bit — not as much as in the past. I'm a senior and I've learned to deal with it. I'm a senior now. Adversity's a part of football and you've got to get over it.

Q: Have you been healthy this season?

A: I've been pretty much healthy. I was banged up at one point but nothing serious. Coming out of camp was tough. I was the only running back who didn't miss a day of camp, and it took a lot of my legs away. I feel like I'm gradually getting back to the old me.

Q: It's been a rough couple of weeks for the program. What's the mind-set right now?

A: We're still in a good spot. We're 5-3. We've got some opportunities left, and we have to capitalize. If we can find a way to win these last four, we can go to a really good bowl game.

Chip Cosby