DOTHAN, Alabama — Jeremiah Dinson must overcome several obstacles before he returns to the football field.
Three torn knee ligaments, a shoulder surgery and a recent arrest for marijuana possession have not made his path to the field any easier in recent months. In fact, he has a long way to go yet before returning to the field, mostly because of the major injuries he suffered against Texas A&M late last season.
“His knee is getting better and his shoulder, I think it got fixed a couple months ago, so I really believe his shoulder will be ready,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday before a speaking engagement at a Tiger Trek event in Dothan. “It’ll really be about the knee. He’s worked extremely hard. That was a very tough injury, a very severe and tough injury, but his goal is to make it back and be ready. We’re hoping that he does that. He was playing very good football as a true freshman and he’s got a lot of talent.”
Dinson also faces a July 21 court date related to a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. He and three other players (defensive end Byron Cowart, receiver Ryan Davis and All-SEC cornerback Carlton Davis) were arrested Saturday at 11 p.m. at the 100 block of E. Samford Avenue. Each were released on $500 bond.
Malzahn refused to go into details about the arrest for a second straight day, but was open to talking about Dinson’s return from injuries. Dinson had 15 tackles last season. Malzahn called him a “wonderful person” in November.
Tearing all three ligaments in his right knee on a brutal hit by Texas A&M’s Ricky Seals-Jones makes recovery in time for the upcoming season seem almost impossible, according to medical history, but Malzahn is hopeful for the rising sophomore.
“You know, his goal in his mind, he’s real motivated to try to get that done and we’re rooting for him,” Malzahn said. “We’re hoping it gets done.”