The South Florida Bulls are going to have to move forward minus one of the team’s better defensive players. Safety Malik Dixon announced on social media that he had undergone season-ending surgery Friday morning. A rather big blow to the team considering what the safety did last weekend.
Apparently, the safety injured his shoulder during the team’s drubbing of Towson last Saturday. Before going down with the injury, Dixon had been credited with six tackles (three solos, three assists), an impressive sack for a loss of 10 yards, and tossed in a forced fumble for good measure.
Not too shabby for the first game of his collegiate career. While he arrived on campus last season, the team decided to redshirt the gifted playmaker, turning him into a redshirt freshman this year.
The football program has confirmed that the defensive back would be on the sidelines for the remainder of the season because of the medical procedure. With him only playing a singular game, it won’t be incredibly shocking if the university opts to look at potential medical redshirt options, even if that is a long shot due to the NCAA’s rules on the matter.
Dixon was a three-star member of South Florida’s 2015 recruiting class. He received offers from Appalachian State, Iowa State, Temple, UAB, UCF, UConn, North Carolina, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, UAB, and Western Kentucky, before deciding to play in the warm weather South Florida provides. Not incredibly shocking, as he is from Port Charlotte, Florida.
The exact sort of surgery had is yet to be known.