The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl announced last week that Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon would be among the participants in its game – which is set to be held the next weekend at the Rose Bowl, the same stadium where he finished his Buckeyes career earlier this month – giving him one more opportunity to play a football game in an Ohio State helmet and make an impression on NFL scouts.
Unfortunately for Dixon, he won't be able to make the return trip to Pasadena.
Dixon, who also became a father this past week when his daughter Zya was born, said Sunday that he will no longer be attending the NFLPA Bowl because he has come down with a case of the flu.
Due to catching the flu I will not be in attendance anymore. https://t.co/MO69H9WxnD— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 13, 2019
Dixon will still have the opportunity to impress NFL scouts during pre-draft workouts, but the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl could have been a valuable opportunity for him to begin meeting with representatives from teams and put his playmaking ability on display in an actual football setting one more time.
With Dixon's absence from the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, fellow wide receiver Terry McLaurin – who is set to play in next week's Senior Bowl – is the only Ohio State player currently slated to participate in a pre-draft all-star game.