Auburn defensive back Jeremiah Dinson’s injury on Saturday night against Texas A&M “didn’t look good.”
It was even worse than that.
Dinson is out of the year with a dislocated knee, dislocated shoulder and three torn ligaments in his knee.
“It's a pretty tough deal,” Malzahn said. “He'll have surgery tomorrow. He's done an outstanding job for us as a true freshman, on special teams and on defense, so that's a big blow for us. We'll definitely be thinking about him.”
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Malzahn credited Dinson with having a positive attitude throughout his freshman season, and becoming an increasingly important contributor in recent weeks on special teams and playing more snaps on defense.
“He’s a wonderful person, always has a smile on his face,” Malzahn said. “Comes to work, works extremely hard. He really had a big role on special teams. As of late, last two weeks games, he was coming on playing a lot of snaps on defense. Just a wonderful person, really disappointed for him. Hopefully, he’ll recover.”
Dinson was carted off the field in the third quarter of a 26-10 win Saturday trying to tackle Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray at the end zone. Aggies wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones knocked Dinson over with a high hit that was initially ruled as targeting.
Officials picked up the flag, a reversal the Auburn coaching staff has declined to talk about. Murray was also knocked out of the game on the play.
Dinson finished the season with three tackles, and ended his season with 15 tackles, nine solo. He played in all nine of the Tigers games this season, and started in the secondary against Mississippi State.