Jordon Dizon

Jordon Dizon (born January 16, 1986) is a retired American football linebacker who last played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Dizon played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. The Detroit Lions selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions for two seasons. He suffered a severe knee injury in 2010, which ended his career.

Jordon Dizon
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Dizon before the 2007 Colorado spring game on April 14, 2007.
No. 57
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born:January 16, 1986 (age 33)
Kauai, Hawaii
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Waimea (HI)
College:Colorado
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:53
Quarterback sacks:1.0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Dizon was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. The son of Clifford Dizon and Darla Abbatiello-Higa, he attended Waimea High School, graduating in 2004. Playing running back and linebacker for the school of 860, Dizon rushed for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns in only five games as a junior, registering 75 stops on defense. During that year, Dizon rushed 37 times for 376 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-0 win over Kapaa—all career highs. Injured through most of his senior season (two games played: one carry, 12 yards, one touchdown; nine catches, 250 yards, three touchdowns), the Buffaloes were the only program to extend Dizon a scholarship offer, although he was recruited by other Big 12 and Pac-10 schools. He committed to play in Boulder on July 8, 2003, despite never having visited the state of Colorado.[1] Dizon also lettered in basketball, track, and soccer during his time in high school.

College career

Dizon attended the University of Colorado, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 2004 to 2007. He first played safety as a true freshman at Colorado, but was moved to linebacker before the season began. On September 4, 2004, playing against Colorado State University, Dizon became the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener at inside linebacker. Playing in all 12 games as an 18-year-old, Dizon easily set the school freshman record for tackles in a season with 82. Over the next two years, Dizon continued to rack up the tackles, posting 61 in 2005 and 137 in 2006. The latter number was most tackles made by a CU player in nearly a decade (Ryan Sutter had 170 in 1997).

During 2007, Dizon posted a single-game career-high in tackles against CSU (22) and set the single-season school record for third-down stops, with 19 in 12 games. Rarely leaving the field for the Buffs, Dizon missed only 34 of Colorado's 830 defensive snaps during the 2007 season.[2] His 160 tackles were nearly double the next closest player on the team (safety Dan Dykes registered 83), and he finished his senior season with the most total tackles of any player on any Division I team in the nation.[3] Colorado linebackers coach Brian Cabral, who recruited Dizon out of high school, called the senior "the most complete, every down player that I've ever coached."[4]

As a senior, Dizon recorded the best statistical season for a Buff linebacker since Matt Russell's 1996 Butkus-winning campaign. He was voted runner-up for the 2007 Butkus Award,[5] given each year to college football's best linebacker. Dizon was recognized as a consensus first-team All American, after receiving first-team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation,[6] the Associated Press,[7] Sporting News,[5] ESPN,[8] and Rivals.com[9] for the 2007 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.[10] A four-year starter for the Buffs, Dizon finished his collegiate career as the second-leading tackler among all active players.

College statistics

Tackles Fumbles Passing Game
Season Games Plays UT AT TT For Loss 3DS Forced Recovered Sacks Hurries PBU INT
2004 12 597 51 31 82 6 7 1 0 1 1 4 0
2005 12 475 42 19 61 7 5 0 0 3 4 1 0
2006 12 679 80 57 137 11 17 1 2 4 2 1 0
2007 12 796 120 40 160 11 19 1 0 4 8 3 2
TOTALS 48 2547 293 147 440 35 48 3 2 12 15 9 2

Awards and recognition

  • 2004
    • Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year
    • Defensive Freshman of the Year (Big 12 Coaches)[11]
    • Second-team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News, Rivals.com)
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
    • Freshman All-Big 12 team (The Sporting News)
  • 2005
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches)
  • 2006
    • Second-team All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
    • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches)
    • First-team All-Big 12 (San Antonio Express-News)
    • Butkus Award watch list
  • 2007
    • Consensus First-team All-American
      • Walter Camp Football Foundation
      • The Sporting News
      • Associated Press
      • ESPN
      • Rivals.com
    • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year[11]
    • First-team All-Big 12 (Big 12 Coaches, San Antonio Express-News)
    • Butkus Award Runner-up[5]
    • Lott Trophy semifinalist
    • Second-team Academic All-Big 12
    • Mid-season All-American
    • Mid-season All-Big 12

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

During CU's pro timing day, Dizon ran the forty yard dash in 4.59 seconds—which would have registered among the five fastest times recorded by a linebacker at the 2008 NFL Combine. His 34.5 inch vertical jump also impressed scouts, while Dizon's meager 12 repetitions lifting 225 pounds was considered poor for a linebacker. On April 26, 2008, Dizon was chosen 45th overall in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft by the Detroit Lions.[14]

Detroit Lions

Dizon's first season saw the rookie struggle to find consistent playing time. He finished the season with 31 total tackles, 14 of which came on special teams. When hired in January 2009, coach Jim Schwartz changed defensive schemes, moving Dizon back to the outside linebacker position.[15] During the 2009 off-season, Dizon earned high praise from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and linebackers coach Matt Burke, the latter of whom noted, "Jordon’s probably been one of the hardest workers I have. He works really hard at it. He wants to do better, he wants to do it right and he really works at it. I’ve been really pleased with the work he’s done."[16] Dizon tore two tendons in his knee and damaged a third during the 2010 NFL preseason. He was placed on injured reserve on August 16, 2010. He was released by the Lions on July 28, 2011.

Personal life

Dizon graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2008 with a degree in economics. He attended Waimea High School in Kauai, Hawaii, the westernmost high school in the United States.[17] Growing up in Kauai, Dizon often hunted wild boar with only a knife.[18] He is an avid golfer, shooting sub-80 before his senior season began.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rivals.com profile".
  2. ^ "CU 2007 season stats" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "NCAA tackling stats".
  4. ^ "University of Colorado Bio".
  5. ^ a b c "Dizon Finishes As A Runner-Up In Butkus Race". CUBuffs.com. December 7, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
  6. ^ "Dizon Named Walter Camp All-American". CUBuffs.com. December 6, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  7. ^ "Heisman winner Tebow, McFadden highlight AP All-American team". International Herald Tribune. December 11, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2007.
  8. ^ "Tebow, McFadden lead 2007 All-America team". ESPN.com. December 17, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  9. ^ "Rivals.com 2007 All-American Team".
  10. ^ "2007 All-Big 12". Archived from the original on July 29, 2007.
  11. ^ a b "Buffs' Dizon named Big 12 defensive player of year". DailyCamera.com. November 27, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
  12. ^ "SI Mid-Season All-Americans". CNN. October 11, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  13. ^ "Rivals Mid-Season All-Americans".
  14. ^ "Pro Timing Day in Boulder". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  15. ^ "Lions Notebook: Dizon Accepts Praise". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
  16. ^ "LB Jordon Dizon is Impressing Coaches with his Work Ethic and Versatility".
  17. ^ "Waimea High School". Archived from the original on November 29, 2007. Retrieved November 14, 2007.
  18. ^ "Rivals.com Interview".
  19. ^ "Buff 'backer Dizon ready to tee it up". DailyCamera.com. August 22, 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007.

External links

2005 Colorado Buffaloes football team

The 2005 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The previous year's team won the Big 12 North Conference. That marked the third Big 12 North championship for the Buffaloes in four years. The team had expectations to improve on their winning and appeared to be on the right track with a 7–2 record to begin the season. But in the end, head coach Gary Barnett had his contract bought out and Colorado suffered four straight losses including an embarrassing 70–3 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game. They finished the season 7–6. In the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl against Clemson, Mike Hankwitz acted as interim head coach, even though Dan Hawkins had been hired as the new head coach. Hawkins coached his final game with Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl game the day after Colorado played.

2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2006 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2006 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2006 Colorado Buffaloes football team

The 2006 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The previous year's team won the Big 12 North Conference. That marked the fourth Big 12 North championship for Colorado in the past five years. The team has its 23rd new head coach Dan Hawkins. The Sporting News gave out the only A+ to Colorado in the category of coaching hire. The Buffaloes will play their home games in Folsom Field.

They finished the season 2–10 (2–6 in the Big 12 Conference) and had some major disappointments. Mason Crosby did not perform as well as last season (19 for 27) and the Hawkins era didn't start as many had expected with his success at Boise State. The offense appeared to struggle to learn the new system and early quarterback uncertainty did not allow the team to have consistency. The defense performed excellently at times and was good overall, but without the offense producing points, Colorado would lose, though many games were close.

2007 All-Big 12 Conference football team

The 2007 All-Big 12 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big 12 Conference players for the 2007 Big 12 Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big 12 selectors: (1) the Big 12 conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big 12 also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2007 College Football All-America Team

The 2007 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following All-American Teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Football News, Rivals.com, and Scout.com. The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus and Unanimous All-Americans.

2007 Colorado Buffaloes football team

The 2007 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dan Hawkins in his second season at Colorado and played their home games at Folsom Field. Colorado finished 6–7 after losing in the Independence Bowl to Alabama. 2007 was Colorado's first consecutive losing season in 22 years, but represented a vast improvement over the team's 2–10 mark in 2006.

2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The regular season began on August 30, 2007 and ended on December 1, 2007. The postseason concluded on January 7, 2008 with the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, where the #2-ranked LSU Tigers defeated the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes to win their second BCS and third overall national title.

For just the second time in the Bowl Championship Series era, no FBS team finished the season undefeated. Kansas was the only team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference to finish the entire season with just one loss.

2008 Detroit Lions season

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League (NFL), and their 75th as the Detroit Lions. The season is notable for being only one of four winless seasons in American football history (through 2008). The Lions entered their third season under head coach Rod Marinelli. Entering the season with high hopes thanks to their 7–9 record the year before, their best since the 2000 season, the Lions instead suffered one of the worst seasons in NFL history. Losing all sixteen games. The Lions finished 0–16, joining the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only other team to finish a full season winless since the AFL–NFL merger, as well as the first to do it since the schedule was expanded to sixteen games in 1978. Ironically, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings had won the Stanley Cup earlier in the year and were on their way to competing for the cup again when this occurred. This season combined with the Lions' 2–14 record the next year was the worst two season record since the merger. A season earlier, the Miami Dolphins almost suffered the same fate as the 2008 Lions,started 0-13, prior to their week 15 OT victory against the Baltimore Ravens that saved them from an 0-16 record.

The Lions gave up 517 points during the season, coming within 16 of matching the 1981 Colts' record of 533 points allowed. The Lions' 32.31 points per game allowed on defense is the third worst of any NFL team since the 1960s, bettering only the 1966 Giants (35.79 PPG) and the aforementioned 1981 Colts (33.31 PPG). The Lions were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Week 11, when they stood 0–10. Embattled team president and CEO Matt Millen, who had served in those roles since 2001 was fired on September 24, 2008. Marinelli was fired after the season ended along with most of his staff.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005 to 2007 seasons.

While unique when it happened, the 2008 Lions' 0–16 record was later matched by the 2017 Cleveland Browns, who went winless after going 1–15 the year before, breaking the Lions' record for the worst post-merger two season record.

2008 NFL Draft

The 2008 NFL Draft was the 73rd annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible American football players. The draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 26 and April 27, 2008. For the 29th consecutive year, ESPN televised the draft; the NFL Network also broadcast the event, its third year doing so. Of the 252 selections, 220 were regular selections in rounds one through seven, and 32 were compensatory selections, distributed among rounds three through seven. As of the end of the 2018 season, 27 players have been selected to the Pro Bowl.

For the first time since the common draft began, no wide receiver was selected in the first round. For the first time ever, the first two picks had the same last name (Jake and Chris Long; they were unrelated). Also, a then-record 34 trades were made during the draft itself. The number of trades was later broken in 2017.

2009 Detroit Lions season

The 2009 Detroit Lions season was the franchise’s eightieth season overall in the National Football League. It was the first season with the Lions for new head coach Jim Schwartz, and most of his new coaching staff. The Lions also introduced slightly new uniforms and logos. The Lions spent the whole season at the bottom of their division and finished at 2–14, the second-worst record during the 2009 season. Pro Football Reference has argued that, owing to a weaker programme featuring the NFC West and AFC North vis-à-vis their 2008 schedule against surprisingly strong NFC South and AFC South divisions, the 2009 Lions were actually a weaker team than the 0–16 2008 Lions.

2010 Detroit Lions season

The 2010 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 81st season in the NFL. It was Jim Schwartz's second season as head coach. The Lions spent most of the season at the bottom of their division, but with more division wins than the Vikings (whose overall record was the same), the Lions ended up at 3rd place on the final day of the season with a victory over that team. They were eliminated from playoff contention after their Thanksgiving Day loss, extending their postseason drought to 11 seasons, tied with Buffalo for the longest active streak in the NFL. High points of the season included two division wins, the first being a 7–3 victory over the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers that snapped a 19-game losing streak against division opponents, and a four-game winning streak which included a victory in Tampa that ended their record 26-game road losing streak. The Lions also sent two players to the 2011 Pro Bowl: wide receiver Calvin Johnson and rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Lions missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season, tying a record set between 1971 and 1981.

Big 12 Conference football individual awards

Coaches of the Big 12 Conference bestow the following individual awards at the end of each football season.

Brian Cabral

Kealilhaaheo Brian David Cabral (born June 23, 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He stood in as the interim head football coach for three games at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Cabral played professionally as a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) with the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Bears. He won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Colorado Buffaloes football

The Colorado Buffaloes football program represents the University of Colorado Boulder in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level. The team is currently a member of the Pac-12 Conference, having previously been a charter member of the Big 12 Conference. Before joining the Big 12, they were members of the Big Eight Conference. The CU football team has played at Folsom Field since 1924. The Buffs all-time record is 694–493–36 (.583 winning percentage) prior to the Valero Alamo Bowl at the end of the 2016 season. Colorado won a National Championship in 1990. The football program is 23rd on the all-time win list and 30th in all-time winning percentage.

Colorado Buffaloes football statistical leaders

The Colorado Buffaloes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Colorado Buffaloes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Buffaloes represent the University of Colorado Boulder in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although Colorado began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1930s. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1930s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Buffaloes have played in five bowl games since then, allowing players in those seasons an extra game to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Buffaloes have appeared in the Big 12 Championship Game four times and the Pac-12 Championship Game once, giving players yet another game to accumulate stats.These lists are updated through Colorado's game against California on October 28, 2017.

Dizon

Dizon is a Filipino surname. It can refer to:

Jordon Dizon, American football player

José Dizon, Filipino revolutionary

Leah Dizon, American entertainer

Lilia Dizon, postwar Filipino actress

Mylene Dizon, Filipino actress

Rolando Ramos Dizon, Filipino politician

Sunshine Dizon, Filipino actress

Jordon

Jordon is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Surname:

Darren Jordon (born 1960), British journalist

Mark Jordon (born 1965), English actor

Phil Jordon (1933–1965), American basketball player

Ray Jordon (1937–2012), Australian cricketer

Robert E. Jordon, American academicGiven name:

Jordon Brown (born 1992), Scottish footballer

Jordon Dizon (born 1986), American football player

Jordon Forster (born 1993), Scottish footballer

Jordon Ibe (born 1995), English footballer

Jordon Mutch (born 1991), English footballer

Jordon Nardino, American television writer

Jordon Southorn (born 1990), Canadian ice hockey player

Jordon Zadorozny (born c. 1974), Canadian musician

List of Colorado Buffaloes in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Colorado Buffaloes football players in the NFL Draft.

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