David Dawson, Ex-Wolverine

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2Jan 2017
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David Dawson, Ex-Wolverine

David Dawson

Offensive guard David Dawson, who would be a fifth year senior at Michigan this fall, is seeking a graduate transfer elsewhere. He announced Monday via Twitter that he would be leaving.

Dawson attended Detroit (MI) Cass Tech, transferred to Texas for his junior¬†year, and then returned to Cass Tech as a senior. He committed to Michigan in February 2012 as a part of the 2013 class, decommitted, and then later recommitted to the Wolverines. In fact, he broke Brady Hoke’s infamous “no visit” policy when he took a recruiting trip to Florida while committed to Michigan, so the coaching staff moved on without him. Eventually, fences were mended and he was “re-offered.”

I took a lot of flak for my thoughts on Dawson when he committed (LINK). You can see there that I was not fond of his abilities, and people were annoyed in the comments. My Twitter mentions weren’t a happy place, either. I gave him a TTB Rating of 71 (at the low end of being an eventual solid starter), and even that was generous. I didn’t see great bend in him, nor did I see a lot of nastiness in his play. Those things seemed to play out at Michigan, as well. He played in twelve career games without ever starting, and when he did play, he did not excel. He played in just three games as a backup in 2016, though an arm injury in the spring hampered him somewhat.

You’ll also see in the link above that I was afraid Michigan would fill up in the 2013 class without having room for the likes of Ethan Pocic. In fact, Pocic was turned away by Michigan and ended up signing with LSU. How did Pocic’s career go in Baton Rouge? He was First Team All-SEC in 2016, Second Team All-SEC in 2015, and started for his entire sophomore year after backup duty as a freshman. He’s considered to be one of the top couple center prospects in the 2017 draft. Imagine if Michigan had an all-conference center the past couple seasons to free up Mason Cole or Graham Glasgow to help at tackle or guard. Considering Michigan lost three games by a total of five points this season, it’s not inconceivable that it could have put Michigan in the playoff, if not at 12-0 in the regular season.

The loss of Dawson should not affect the team much in 2017. He was not expected to start, and he probably would not have been a key backup, either. He was obviously passed on the depth chart by the likes of freshman Ben Bredeson, classmate Patrick Kugler, sophomore Grant Newsome, redshirt sophomore Juwann Bushell-Beatty, and others. Next year’s starting interior could very well be Bredeson, center Mason Cole, and rising sophomore Michael Onwenu. With some highly rated recruits coming in and with some other promising young players, Dawson would have been battling just to be second string.

Michigan has 87 scholarship players scheduled for the fall of 2017 (LINK), so I expect some more departures. Quarterback Shane Morris and long snapper Scott Sypniewski have already begun seeking grad transfers, too.

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4Dec 2016
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Nike’s The Opening participants: Michigan

Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill were two of Michigan’s ten eventual signees to participate in Nike’s The Opening in 2012

Jordan Anthony, LB – Bradenton, FL
Kai-Leon Herbert, OT – Plantation, FL
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, S – Detroit, MI
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI
O’Maury Samuels, RB – Los Lunas, NM
Benjamin St-Juste, CB – Montreal, Canada

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28Jul 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #45 David Dawson

David Dawson (image via Scout)

Name: David Dawson
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 316 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #55
Last year: I ranked Dawson #56 and said he would be a backup offensive guard (LINK). He played in six games as a backup left guard.

Dawson had opportunities to break into the lineup over the past couple seasons, including when Kyle Kalis struggled in 2015. The coaching staffs have decided to stick with their guys, so the 2015 versions of Kalis and Ben Braden went start-to-finish as the right and left guards, respectively. Meanwhile, Dawson played occasionally as a backup guard when minor injuries occurred, or late in blowout games. He struggled in last year’s spring game, and he struggled during the 2015 season. He just wasn’t there yet.

This spring Dawson was in a shoulder sling during the Ford Field open practice. He missed a chunk of time, and while he’s supposed to be healthy for the fall, that doesn’t bode well for his development. The two starters are likely to again be Braden and Kalis, but they both graduate after this season. Fellow backup lineman Blake Bars isn’t returning for a fifth season, backup interior lineman Patrick Kugler has had his own struggles, and Logan Tuley-Tillman was booted off the team last year for legal troubles. That leaves the Wolverines pretty thin at the three interior positions, with just Dawson, Kugler, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, and varying forms of freshmen vying for time. I’m not 100% sure that Dawson should be ahead of redshirt freshman Jon Runyan, Jr., but considering that Dawson has two seasons of being the primary backup guard, I think he will maintain that spot. With both guard spots opening up in 2017, it will be interesting to see the dogfight that ensues between Dawson and the aforementioned players.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard

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26Feb 2016
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Spring Football Preview: Offensive Line

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Mason Cole

Projected starters: LT Grant Newsome (So.), LG Ben Braden (RS Sr.), C Mason Cole (Jr.), RG Kyle Kalis (RS Sr.), RT Erik Magnuson (RS Sr.). Newsome was the sixth lineman by the end of the season. Jim Harbaugh said recently that Cole would start getting snaps at center as soon as spring practices starts, those two developments seem to be related. Braden, Kalis, and Magnuson all started at those respective positions for the entirety of 2015.

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3Jul 2014
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2014 Season Countdown: #53 David Dawson

David Dawson (#55) – image via AnnArbor.com

Name: David Dawson
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 295 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #55
Last year: I ranked Dawson #91 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.

Dawson spent the 2013 season on the sideline, where most people expected him to stand. He came in a little undersized at 280 lbs., and some of it appeared to be bad weight. Michigan had a revolving door at the guard positions, but Dawson’s classmate, Kyle Bosch, was the most college ready lineman in the class and started a couple games because of it.

Now Dawson is up to 295 lbs., and while most of the main contenders for the interior positions remain (Chris Bryant’s career ended due to injury), they will spread out a little bit with the graduations of tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield. The semi-permanent starter at left guard, Erik Magnuson, bumps out to left tackle, and starting center/guard Graham Glasgow could also play right tackle if a viable center candidate arises out of the Jack Miller/Patrick Kugler combination. Dawson does not appear to be in contention to start this year, but he may draw into the lineup if there are injuries. He played left tackle and left guard in the spring when Magnuson was out with a shoulder injury, but freshman Mason Cole started the spring game at left tackle. I rank Dawson slightly ahead of Cole because Dawson has a year of experience, a little more size, and the coaches may want to preserve Cole’s redshirt if they can. Based on Dawson’s play in the spring game, he’s still a work in progress. Michigan can’t afford to suffer any long-term injuries on the offensive line.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard/tackle

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