UPDATE: Dixon can indeed still redshirt this season, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda confirmed Wednesday.
#Badgers DC Aranda confirms frosh LB Dixon out for season. Shoulder surgery. Can still redshirt.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 24, 2014
#Badgers DC Aranda says the goal is to have Dixon ready for spring ball.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 25, 2014
Wisconsin freshman linebacker D'Cota Dixon had shoulder surgery on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season, the Badgers announced.
Dixon appeared in the first three games and registered three tackles. He was listed on this week's depth chart as the No. 2 inside linebacker behind Marcus Trotter; Jack Cichy could be one candidate to receive more playing time with the second-team defense in place of Dixon. It appears that Dixon should be eligible for a medical redshirt, though confirmation has yet to be issued from the team.
Dixon, an Oak Hill, Florida native, came to Wisconsin as as a three-star defensive back, though his size (5'10, 206 lbs.) and aggressiveness resulted in a move to linebacker. T.J. Edwards was the sole linebacker commit from the class; head coach Gary Andersen's son, Chasen, also came on as a greyshirt, while Matt Austin and Justin Schweitzer were walk-ons. In the 2015 recruiting class, Wisconsin already has four linebacker commits (five if you count DE/OLB Nate Howard): Mohamed Barry, Chris Orr, Dominic Sheppard and Nick Thomas.