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22 Days to Purdue Football: Sawyer Dawson

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Today's player is a promising freshman linebacker.

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Today's player is an incoming freshman that is likely headed toward a redshirt, but is a promising player for the future.

Sawyer Dawson - Fr.

Lakeland, FL (Plant City HS)

6'1" 215 pounds

Linebacker

2015 Projection: Likely redshirt

Dawson is a very good linebacker, but right now he is just too small to play consistently in the Big Ten. He was a three-star recruit that had 63 tackles as a regular contributor for Plant City HS in Florida. He has some positives from his original recruiting profile right here:

Dawson attacks runners, and actually drives the opponent backwards. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, "drag down tacklers". Too often last season, Purdue linebackers grabbed a leg and held on until the opponent became tired from carrying extra weight down the field. Dawson attacks the runner, gets into their legs, and gets them on the ground sooner, rather than later. He has good speed and good instincts, and once he decides to go, he goes, and more often than not, ends the opponents movement down the field, often times in a violent manner.