Landon Dickerson
No. 69 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1998-09-30) September 30, 1998 (age 22)
Hickory, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:South Caldwell (Hudson, North Carolina)
College:Florida State (2016–2018)
Alabama (2019–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2021
Games played:1
Games started:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Landon Dickerson (born September 30, 1998) is an American football center for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and Alabama, and was drafted by the Eagles 37th overall in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Dickerson grew up in Hickory, North Carolina, and attended South Caldwell High School. He was named first-team All-State and played in the Under Armour All-America Game as a senior.[1] Dickerson was rated a four-star recruit and committed to play college football at Florida State over offers from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, and Auburn.[2][3]

College career

Florida State

Dickerson began his collegiate career at Florida State. He was named the Seminoles' starter at right guard during training camp and became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a season opener since Jamie Dukes in 1982. He started the first seven games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.[4] Dickerson started the first four games of his sophomore season before missing the rest of the season due to injury.[5] He used a medical redshirt after sustaining an ankle injury two games into his junior year. Following the end of the season, Dickerson entered the transfer portal.[6] Dickerson ultimately opted to transfer to Alabama as a graduate transfer, having earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State, for his final two seasons of NCAA eligibility.[7]

Alabama

Dickerson was named the Crimson Tide's starting right guard going into his first season with the team.[8][9] After four games, he was moved to center, despite having never played the position at any level, where he started the final nine games of the season and was named second team All-Southeastern Conference.[10][11]

Dickerson started the first 11 games of the season for the Crimson Tide as a redshirt senior before suffering ligament damage in his right knee against Florida in the 2020 SEC Championship Game.[12] He was named first team All-SEC and was the co-winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy along with Alabama teammate Alex Leatherwood.[13] Dickerson was a unanimous All-America selection and was awarded the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center.[14] Despite suffering what was considered to be a season ending injury, he dressed for the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game and entered the game for the final snap of Alabama's 52-24 win over Ohio State.[15]

Professional career

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Dickerson in the second round, with the 37th overall pick, of the 2021 NFL Draft.[16] On July 26, 2021, Dickerson signed his four-year rookie contract with the Eagles.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Under Armour All-American Landon Dickerson plays through the pain". Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Pantorno, Joe (February 3, 2016). "Landon Dickerson to FSU: Seminoles Land 4-Star OT Prospect". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Sayles, Damon (September 9, 2015). "Looking Forward, Never Backward: OT Landon Dickerson Building for the Future". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Martial arts skills give FSU offensive lineman Landon Dickerson an edge". Orlando Sentinel. August 19, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Practice Observations: Landon Dickerson returns to practice". Tallahassee Democrat. September 25, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Newberg, Josh (May 22, 2019). "FSU OL Landon Dickerson back in the transfer portal". 247Sports. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "FSU transfer Landon Dickerson added to Alabama roster". Chattanooga Times Free Press. August 2, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "FSU transfer OL Landon Dickerson impresses in first game at Alabama". Montgomery Advertiser. September 2, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Zenor, John (September 12, 2019). "Transfer Dickerson quickly carves role(s) on Alabama line". Associated Press. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Rodak, Mike (October 15, 2019). "Landon Dickerson still at center as Tide weigh options". AL.com. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Paschall, David (September 12, 2019). "Offensive lineman Landon Dickerson adjusting quickly for Crimson Tide". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  12. ^ Low, Chris (December 20, 2020). "Alabama Crimson Tide center Landon Dickerson (knee) out for playoffs". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Blackwell, Joey (December 22, 2020). "Mac Jones on Loss of Landon Dickerson: "That Guy Will Put His Whole Life on the Line for Alabama Football"". SI.com. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  14. ^ Rodak, Mike (January 7, 2021). "Landon Dickerson wins Rimington Trophy as best center". AL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Cooper, Sam (January 12, 2021). "Injured Alabama center Landon Dickerson takes field for final snap of national championship victory". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  16. ^ McPherson, Chris (April 30, 2021). "Eagles draft C Landon Dickerson". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  17. ^ https://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/landon-dickerson-eagles-signs-contract