Receiver takes step in recovery
Drew Hixon, the Tennessee Tech receiver hurt when USF's Javan Camon and Mike Jenkins tackled him Sept. 11, has opened his eyes several times and been moved out of intensive care at St. Joseph's Hospital. "When Coach Levitt said he opened his eyes, I felt a sigh of relief," Camon said. Hixon remains in "a coma-like state," the hospital said but is making progress. "The family is encouraged by Drew's improvement over the last few days," his father, Stan, said in a statement. "Things are progressing. However, it's a long process."
_ TIMES STAFF
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_ BOB HARIG, Times staff writer
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