USF redshirt freshman SS Malik Dixon's season has ended only four quarters after it began.
Dixon, who shined in his collegiate debut (six tackles, sack, forced fumble) Saturday against Towson, announced via Twitter that he underwent season-ending surgery Friday morning. The Bulls later confirmed Dixon injured his shoulder.
A three-star recruit from Port Charlotte High, Dixon's size (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) and physicality made he and 6-3 sophomore Jaymon Thomas arguably the rangiest strong-safety tandem in the American Athletic Conference.
Thomas remains the starter, and the Bulls have options at No. 2.
With USF loaded at striker, senior Nate Godwin conceivably could shift back to strong safety, where he spent his first three seasons and made 28 career starts. Junior Hassan Childs (three career INTs) also could slide up on the depth chart.