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Pittsburgh, PA -- Duquesne receiver Connor Dixon has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will participate in the team's rookie minicamp May 4-6.
Dixon, who gained a rare sixth year of eligibility the day before the 2011 opener, tied the DU single-season record with 16 touchdown receptions this season in earning first team All-Northeast Conference honors.
The Michigan State transfer, who had seven TD catches of 30 yards or more, finished with 40 receptions for 792 yards. His 16 TD catches and 8.73 points per game ranked third among FCS receivers and his 72 yards per game average was the second-best in the NEC. The 2010 second team All-NEC pick caught a pass in every game (26 in a row) after moving from quarterback to receiver eight games into the 2009 season.
Dixon will attempt to join former Duke Leigh Bodden, a current free agent who has played for three teams (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots) in nine seasons, in the NFL.
Forty-five Dukes have played in the NFL with 35 suiting up for the Pittsburgh Steelers between 1937 and 1951. Bodden was the first Duquesne player to take the field for an NFL game since the late Al Demao played for the Washington Redskins from 1945-53. Demao was named on of the 50 greatest Redskins of all time in the fall of 2002.
The last Duquesne player to suit up for the Steelers was Chuck Mehelich in 1951.