MADISON - University of Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen confirmed on Thursday that freshman linebacker D’Cota Dixon underwent shoulder surgery this week that will end his season.
The Florida product had been dealing with a torn labrum since he was a junior at New Smyrna Beach High School. He put off surgery as long as possible before relenting this week.
“His shoulder got to the point where the doctors and trainers decided it was kind of pointless to keep going,” Andersen said. “He’s a very, very tough young man. He would have kept on going as long as you allowed him to go but he has a bright future. He’s going to be a very talented player for us for a long, long time and we want to get him ready to be ready for his second season.”
Dixon, who played in three games and had three tackles, should be eligible for a medical hardship waiver that, if granted by the NCAA, would leave him with four years of eligibility.
The 5-foot-10, 206-pound, Dixon made the move from defensive back to inside linebacker this summer and was listed as the backup to senior Marcus Trotter. Sophomore Leon Jacobs is now considered the No. 4 inside linebacker, though he is also in the two-deep at outside linebacker.
Still waiting on Herring
Warren Herring had hoped to be back on the field by the time the Big Ten season started. It now appears he’ll be out longer than he first anticipated.
“He’s progressing,” said Andersen, who's original timetable for Herring's return was four to six weeks. “I haven’t really even got an exact (time). He’s still weeks away at this point.”
The senior nose guard suffered an MCL injury to his right knee in the loss to LSU on Aug. 30. He had surgery the following week and said at the time he hoped to be back by the time Wisconsin traveled to Northwestern on Oct. 4.
Badger247.com reported on Wednesday that defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a doesn’t expect Herring on the field, at the earliest, until Oct. 25 when the Badgers host Maryland.
Though Herring hasn’t been able to be on the field, he has stayed involved in helping the young defensive linemen prepare.
“Despite Warren being out, he’s still been there every single meeting, helping us out,” redshirt freshman Chikwe Obasih said on Wednesday. “Even though he’s out he’s still paying attention to the game plan. He’s always there at practice telling us what we do right, what’s going on.”