The Tre Nixon story starts where it ended, at least the Viera High football part does: with the Hawks in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl, playing long-time power St. Thomas Aquinas for the Class 7A state championship.
It wasn’t the prettiest of finishes, but Nixon is proud of what it represented.
“As freshmen, we had a lot of guys coming in from the same (Kennedy) middle school,” he said. They made an agreement to take the Hawks where they had never been, and they made good on it. “It was definitely a year to remember.”
And Nixon was a player to remember, particularly for Hawks fans, but also for Brevard County. He is FLORIDA TODAY’s Offensive Football Player of the Year.
“The exposure he brought to Viera will last a long time,” Hawks coach Kevin Mays said. “Besides his God-given talent, he had a work ethic, studied the game. He would put in the work, spend extra time working after practice.”
In 2015, Nixon caught 79 passes for 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns, both Hawks program records.
In addition to the team results, individual honors rolled in for Nixon after the season. Nixon was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 7A Player of the Year, first-team USA Today All-Florida, and Associated Press first-team 7A all-state. Scholarship offers rolled in from across the nation, too, and he picked Ole Miss in the end.
For Nixon to reach the point where he could make that kind of impact required the work ethic mentioned by his coach. He and brother Devin, now playing at Western Kentucky, made regular trips to parks in the off-season, running routes and practicing other aspects of their games. It was a family approach to success they inherited.
“I think it probably came from my dad,” Tre Nixon said. “He always put in my and my brother’s mind that when you’re resting on the couch, somebody’s out there working.”
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All-Space Coast Offensive Football
Hayden Kingston, Senior, QB, Viera
Brian Lankford-Johnson, Senior, RB, Palm Bay
Jashaun Corbin, Sophomore, RB, Holy Trinity
Tre Nixon, Senior, WR, Viera
Jason Browning, Junior, WR, Space Coast
Zach Armour, Senior, TE, Cocoa
Jake Howell, Senior, OL, Palm Bay
Bailey Herring, Senior, OL, Merritt Island
Jawaan Taylor, Senior, OL, Cocoa
Rasheed Simmon, Sophomore, OL, Heritage
P.J. Smith, Junior, OL, Eau Gallie
Bruce Judson, Junior, Ath., Cocoa
Mason Denaburg, Sophomore, K, Merritt Island
Jimmy Batch, Jr., Merritt Island; Alex Cabrera, Sr., Viera; Jared Morris, Sr., Palm Bay; Naceiya Gilmore, Jr., Cocoa; Kyle Haderle, Jr., Eau Gallie; Javian Hawkins, Soph., Astronaut; Joseph Lopez, Jr., Heritage; Daeshawn Mills, Sr., Heritage; Deben Peterson, Soph., Merritt Island; James Rauhofer, Sr., Holy Trinity; Trey Schaneville, Soph., Viera; Jalen Shelton, Sr., Eau Gallie; Cody Sumner, Sr., Satellite; Brandon Taylor, Sr., Palm Bay.
Dez Arthur, Jr., Palm Bay; Matt Austin, Sr., Holy Trinity; Stuart Brown, Jr., Palm Bay; Corn Fulton, Sr., Space Coast; T.J. Jackson, Sr., Space Coast; E.J. Krajewski, Jr., Rockledge; Tommy Mack, Sr., Titusville; Jalen Mitchell, Fr., Rockledge; Alex Petruzzello, Fr., Cocoa; Antonio Pizatella, Sr., Cocoa Beach; Timmy Pratt, Jr., Cocoa; Quinton Richard, Soph., Viera; Hunter Ulrich, Sr., Viera; Josh Walts, Sr., Melbourne Central Catholic.