Former Washington tailback Will Nixon is transferring to Syracuse, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Nixon averaged 6.1 yards per carry for the Huskies last season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. His move east means he will be reunited with his father, Jeff Nixon, who is the Orange’s offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Will Nixon backed up Washington star Dillon Johnson last season. He played 28 snaps in the national title game with Johnson benched, carrying the ball twice for 7 yards against Michigan.

Nixon rushed for 201 yards last season, scoring one touchdown. He also caught 13 passes for 84 yards.

He began his career as a wide receiver at Nebraska in 2020, tearing his ACL the summer of his freshman year. He transferred to Washington for the 2022 season, when he played in 11 games, rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 66 yards.

His background as a wide receiver gives Syracuse some versatility to use out of the backfield. He joins a talented running back room at Syracuse, as LeQuint Allen ran for 1,064 yards last year and freshman Yasin Willis flashed with an impressive spring.


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