With some inexperience in the wide receiver corps, and with a freshman class loaded with potential difference makers, many Ohio State fans thought that a youth movement could be led at the position, led by speedster Johnnie Dixon, one of the bright spots from fall camp. That dream will need to wait a year.
Urban Meyer announced on his call-in radio show today that Dixon will miss the season and will require knee surgery due to tendinitis in both knees. Dixon had appeared in one game but will be eligible for a medical redshirt because it occurred before 30% of Ohio State games had been played and is season ending in nature.
Dixon, a a consensus four-star recruit out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, lost his black stripe on Aug. 18. Dixon had offers from Miami (FL), Alabama, Arkansas, and a slew of other blue blood college football programs. He was also an early enrollee for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes still have plenty of options at wide receiver, including Michael Thomas, Devin Smith, Dontre Wilson (h-back) Evan Spencer, and fellow frosh Noah Brown, and could still find ways to work others into the mix if needed. But this injury robs the Buckeyes of another potential weapon for this year.
Here is hoping Dixon makes a speedy and complete recovery.