USF's Malik Dixon to transfer
Bulls sophomore Malik Dixon, who appeared to be making a solid transition from safety to linebacker this spring, has left the program.
Dixon, who missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, announced his departure Wednesday via Twitter. He had missed the last week of spring practice -- including Saturday's spring game -- for what Coach Charlie Strong called a "family issue."
"After long talks and consideration with my family and close friends, I think it would be best for me to transfer schools," Dixon wrote. "I will be attending a Junior College at first and then go back to the D1 level and further my college football career after."
Initially a backup to FS Jaymon Thomas, Dixon had six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Towson in the '16 opener before undergoing shoulder surgery.
He becomes the second projected linebacker to depart in the Charlie Strong era, joining Cecil Cherry.