Coach Rich Brooks announced that sophomore tailback Tony Dixon has a fractured fibula and a torn ligament in his ankle. The injury will require surgery and Dixon will miss the 2005 season. Dixon sustained the injury in Friday's practice. Brooks said that the injury is similar to the one sustained by linebacker Wesley Woodyard late in the 2004 season.
"We'll miss Tony," Brooks said. "He's one of our breakaway guys and I'm disappointed for him because he got a 3.5 (grade-point average) during summer school and has done a great job getting back on track academically. The only good news is that he can use this as a redshirt season."
Dixon, from Parrish, Ala., played in eight games as a true freshman last season, starting six. He rushed for 244 yards, a 4.5-yard average per carry, and one touchdown. His best game came in the win over Indiana when he rushed nine times for 105 yards, including a 67-yard scoring run that was UK's longest rushing play of the season.
Dixon out for season
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