Kentucky RB Dixon out for season

The University of Kentucky's sophomore running back Tony Dixon will miss the upcoming season after he fractured his left fibula and tore a ligament in his left ankle during Friday's practice, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader reported.

UK coach Rich Brooks said Dixon will have surgery this week and will be eligible for a medical redshirt this fall.

Dixon, a native of Parrish, Ala., started six games last season, rushing for 244 yards and one touchdown. His best performance came in the season's second game against Indiana when he rushed for 105 yards on nine carries, including a 67-yard run that was UK's longest of the season.

The Herald-Leader said the injury was especially unfortunate, as Dixon had worked hard to be eligible to play. He was one of four players suspended for the duration of spring practice because of academic issues, and was the only one to return to the team. Brooks said Dixon had a 3.5 grade-point average in summer school.

"It's a shame because he's one of the breakaway guys that we have, and it's too bad because he did a great job getting himself back on track academically," Brooks said.

Dixon attended Friday's scrimmage on crutches and said he's scheduled to undergo more X-rays on Monday.

"My feelings are hurt more than my leg right now," he said in the Herald-Leader. "I worked so hard to get back. But there's nothing I can do but wait until next year."