Tennessee Tech wide receiver Drew Hixon, who sustained a serious injury in a game against USF on Sept. 11, opened his eyes for the first time Monday.
Hixon was injured after a violent collision with safety Javan Camon and cornerback Mike Jenkins. He was taken off the field in a stretcher and has been in a medically induced coma at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa since the incident.
Late last week Hixon was taken off a ventilator, and Monday he was moved out of the intensive care unit.
A spokesman for the hospital said Hixon has opened his eyes on more than one occasion.
“The family is very encouraged with the progress the last few days,” Hixon’s father Stan Hixon, a receivers coach for the Washington Redskins, said.
“However, we know this is a long process and we hope he continues to show improvement every day. Our family wants to thank all the well-wishers for their support.”
Camon said he has prayed for Hixon every night since the incident.
“When coach (Jim) Leavitt said he opened his eyes I felt huge sigh of relief,” Camon said.