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Freshman Johnnie Dixon to have knee surgery, out for season

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Before ever catching a pass as a Buckeye, Ohio State freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon will have to wait until next season to step back on the field.

OSU coach Urban Meyer said on 97.1 The Fan that Dixon is set to have knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Meyer said Dixon’s healthy issues stem from tendinitis in both of his knees.

Dixon was praised by the coaching staff during fall camp and expected to contribute early in his career, but didn’t play in OSU’s first two games of the season. He made his Buckeye debut against Kent State on Sept. 13 and carried the ball four times for 20 yards in the 66-0 victory.

Per NCAA rules, Dixon will be eligible for a medical redshirt. In order to be eligible for a medical hardship waiver, the injury has to be season-ending and the player has to have taken part in less than 30 percent of the team’s entire season.

OSU’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Cincinnati at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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