Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon is one of the more polarizing players in the country, and for obvious reasons.
Mixon's OU career has been clouded by an incident in the summer of 2014, in which Mixon punched Amelia Molitor in the face at a restaurant in Norman. He was suspended for that season and reinstated before the 2015 season.
Despite the public outcry, Mixon played in Monday's Sugar Bowl, tallying 91 yards and two touchdowns, in what we now know was his final game in an Oklahoma uniform. "It's never OK to hit a woman". Mixon brings a combination of vision, power, and agility that had him draw comparisons to Adrian Peterson out of high school.
Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards in the regular season on only 187 carries. He responded by feinting a punch, at which point Molitor slapped him in the neck.
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Joe Mixon confirmed on his Twitter account Thursday evening that he meant to enter the NFL Draft. Player personnel executives in the league conduct exhaustive reviews of prospects, and in one notorious 2010 episode, Dez Bryant was reportedly asked by a Dolphins official if his mother was a prostitute. Mixon is an early-round talent who will probably go undrafted because of his troubled past. Saying that "much" of his time at Oklahoma "was challenging", Mixon wrote, "I take full responsibility for that".
Regardless of the evaluation he received, Mixon has to know deep down he's not going to be a first-round pick.
Mixon apologized for the first time publicly in a December 23 press conference in Norman.
Mixon had until January 16 to officially make his decision.