Spanish Fort’s Hixon announces transfer to New Mexico football program

Former Alabama State receiver headed to Mountain West Conference for Toro reunion with new OC Vincent

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/16/23

Spanish Fort alum and former Alabama State wide receiver Jeremiah Hixon announced his transfer to the New Mexico Lobos for his final season of eligibility. He also received offers from Samford, …

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Spanish Fort’s Hixon announces transfer to New Mexico football program

Former Alabama State receiver headed to Mountain West Conference for Toro reunion with new OC Vincent

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Spanish Fort alum and former Alabama State wide receiver Jeremiah Hixon announced his transfer to the New Mexico Lobos for his final season of eligibility. He also received offers from Samford, Grambling State and Alabama A&M.

Hixon helped Alabama State to a 6-5 overall record including a 4-4 mark within the Southwestern Athletic Conference for third place in the East Division this season.

He finished with 364 receiving yards on 31 receptions and four touchdowns to rank 23rd overall in the SWAC standings. Hixon averaged 11.7 yards per catch and 33.1 yards per game as a redshirt junior.

For his career at Alabama State, Hixon collected 1,519 yards on 123 receptions with 15 touchdowns and a career-long reception of 51 yards. He also returned 4 punts for 61 yards and 3 kickoffs for 62 yards, as well as registered 26 rushing yards on 6 carries and completed a 45-yard pass.

Now, Hixon is set for a Spanish Fort reunion in New Mexico where he’ll join former Toro head coach Bryant Vincent, who was named the Lobos’ offensive coordinator Jan. 1.

Vincent was the head man in Spanish Fort from 2007-2010 then took a job at South Alabama before landing at UAB where he was most recently the interim head coach of the Blazers. Dylan Hopkins, UAB’s starting quarterback from the last two seasons, also hit the transfer portal and landed in New Mexico less than 24 hours after entering.

Hixon graduated from Spanish Fort in 2018 after he was part of the Toros’ 11-2 team from 2017 that went to the third round of the playoffs and finished No. 4 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll. From there, he played in all 11 of Alabama State’s games as a true freshman and came down with a team second-best 17 receptions.

The former Toro now heads to the Mountain West Conference and will look to help New Mexico bounce back from a 2-10 season in 2022 where the Lobos lost all of their conference games.

He joins the roster of head coach Danny Gonzales — entering his fourth season at the helm — and will work closely with wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams. The Lobos are set to open their 2023 campaign in College Station, Texas against the Texas A&M Aggies Sept. 2.

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