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83 Days to Purdue Football: Malcolm Dotson

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The senior from Indy has been a long time special teams stalwart.

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

Purdue doesn’t have many athletes that play two sports, but today’s player is one of them.

Malcolm Dotson - Sr.

Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral HS)

6’2”, 200 pounds

Wide Receiver

2019 Projections: Special Teams Ace

Dotson is the rare wide receiver that has played a lot in his career, but to my knowledge he has never run a route, let alone caught a pass. That is because he has been a long time special teams starter as a gunner on the punt team. Over the past three years he has played in 33 games and has gathered 10 tackles. He also recovered a fumble on a punt at Missouri in 2017.

Dotson has done all of this while splitting time with the track & field team. He has competed in both indoor and outdoor track with the highlight of his career coming in 2018. He was a member of the 4x100 meter relay teams that placed 20th at the NCAA championships. In his time at Purdue he has also run the 4x400, 200, and 100 outdoors while running hte 60, 100, and 200 indoors with various relay teams.

While he will be a football senior in the fall, his redshirt year in football his first year makes that his fifth year with the program. He did not redshirt in track, so this weekend will be his final weekend with the track program as they compete in the NCAA Championships. He has been part of two of the fastest 4x100 times in school history, as they ran a 39.39 on April 6th of this year. He might be an alternate at the NCAA meet, however, as Tamar Greene, Samson Colebrooke, Justin Becker, and Waseem Williams ran a Purdue record 38.75 in the NCAA regional on May 25th and they finished 7th last night in the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.