Another ranking I might get a little hate from but I truly believe the love Oregon fans have for Dennis Dixon comes from one season: 2007.
The 2007 campaign for Dixon was special as he finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting and really made the Ducks’ offense fun to watch. Although Oregon finished just 9-4 that season, he put up some video game-like numbers before tearing his ACL. Had he not gotten injured, missing three games in that last season in Eugene, he may have been a top-three Heisman finisher.
He ended the season with 2,136 passing yards and 20 touchdowns with only four picks and a 68 percent completion rate. He also rushed for 583 yards and nine more touchdowns as the offense flourished with him under center.
The year before, however, was a forgettable one for Dixon. In 2006, he finished with a career-best 2,143 yards, but he averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per attempt, with another career-worst 61 percent completion rate with just 12 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. Dixon did rush for 442 yards and a few more touchdowns, but he was a turnover machine and the Ducks finished just 7-6.
Dixon was a really good quarterback for Oregon, but I have a hard time saying he’s a top-three Duck quarterback since 2000 even though that 2007 season ranks up there with one of the best in school history.