DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Anthony Dixon #84 of the Francisco 49ers jumps into a crowd of fans after defeating the Detroit Lions 25-19 at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
I have to say that the fact that Anthony Dixon's nickname is Boobie real makes life so much easier when it comes to writing titles. The 49ers have a lot of work to do to get to the Super Bowl, but if they had the good fortune of earning a trip to the Super Bowl, I have a feeling Dixon would be the star of media day.
I bring him up now because he could be in for a prominent role this Sunday. The 49ers are short on wide receivers and likely will be looking to run every which way on the Rams. Frank Gore will get the start and Kendall Hunter will be his primary backup, but this could be a chance for Boobie Dixon to be as involved as any time in recent memory.
The team will be looking to control the clock and dominate the rushing attack, but I would also imagine they do not want to over work Frank Gore. Kendall Hunter is likely looking at a shot at a season high in carries, but Anthony Dixon could see that happen as well. Hunter had a career high 12 carries last week as the 49ers ran roughshod over the Seahawks rush defense. I would imagine Hunter will find himself with another significant rushing load this week.
However, I also think Anthony Dixon has a good chance at surpassing his 2011 high of seven carries. He rushed seven times for 32 yards against the Arizona Cardinals. While Dixon has been a staple on special teams he has not been able to consistently work his way into the running back rotation. It is not surprising given the talent ahead of him, but it still noteworthy. I don't expect to see him get a ton of running back time in the playoffs, but much like Joe Hastings could use Sunday's game as an audition for playoff playing time, Anthony Dixon could find himself in a similar situation.