USM captures C-USA East Division championship with the victory
Was one of 11 true freshmen to log action in 2010, and one of six true freshmen to earn a starting role in at least one game...Played in eight games in the secondary, and made four starts in 2010...Saw his first collegiate action against UTEP and was credited with two tackles in that game...One of his tackles was for a loss of three yards...Logged two tackles against Tennessee, and registered two pass breakups in the game...Also posted multiple tackles against Marshall with four stops...Closed out the season with a season-best six tackles versus UCF...Four of his tackles were solos against the Knights...Ended his freshman campaign with 15 tackles...Also tallied four kickoff returns (in four different games) for a total of 53 yards...All four of his returns were for 10 or more yards...His season-best return was for 16 yards against Southern Miss.
Prepped at Southern Lab High under coach Michael Roach...A three-star defensive back by Rivals.com...Also rated No. 42 on the Louisiana Top 50 by Rivals.com...Logged 28 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three sacks...Made touchdown returns on two of his picks...Returned nine kicks/punts for touchdowns as a senior...Named the District 6-1A Defensive Most Valuable Player...Named to the 1A all-state team as a defensive back by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association...Also named to second team as an athlete and for his special teams play...Selected as an all-Metro honoree as a senior...Was the captain of his squad and led the 2009 Kittens to a 7-4 record...Was one of 20 finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman award...Was a 2009 Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Week for seven weeks, and garnered Old Spice Player of the Year honors ...Of the 23 passes attempted in his territory, only one was a completed attempt...Scored off seven two-point conversions... Participated in the 8th Annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl all-star game in Baton Rouge following his senior season...Also played in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl...Logged 119 tackles and two interceptions as a junior...Also lettered in track...Ranked No. 10 nationally in the 100 meters...Was a state champion in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays...Garnered a state championship in the 100 meters and recorded a second-place finish in the 200 meters in 2010.
Taurean Ellis Nixon is the son of Tedrick Nixon...Born February 7, 1991, in Baton Rouge, La.