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83 Days to Purdue Football: Malcolm Dotson

Dotson is mostly a track star that happens to be a decent football player too.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Purdue Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking for a player with pure speed, today’s player is one that has earned his way to the field as a walk-on with said speed.

Malcolm Dotson – So.

Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral HS)

6’2”, 200 pounds

Wide Receiver

2017 Projection: Special Teams contributor

Dotson is on scholarship, but not for football. That’s because he is also a member of the track and field team. Last year he was an honorable mention All-American in track when helped the 4x100 meter relay team reach finish 17th at the NCAA Championships. At the Big Ten meet he was fourth in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 meters. He was unable to run much this spring, however. He helped the 4x100 team win at the UTSA invitational in March. He also competed and placed well at the Big Ten indoor championships, but he was out for the outdoor championships.

On the football side of things Dotson found himself on the field for all 12 games as a redshirt freshman last season. He played mostly special teams and even had 7 tackles. His speed makes him a valuable asset on kickoff coverage, one that Purdue is lucky to have.