Another in a line of outstanding defensive ends at Texas Tech ... returns as the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss ... starter at rush end.
2005 - All-Big 12 Conference Second Team (Coaches) ... among Tech's top ten career sacks leaders with 13.5 ... closed the regular season with five tackles and a quarterback hurry in the win over Oklahoma ... had five tackles at Oklahoma State ... led the team with a career-high 13 tackles in the win over Texas A&M ... also had a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry ... had five tackles in the shutout at Baylor ... three tackles at Texas ... logged four tackles and a quarterback hurry in win over Kansas State ... tied season high with seven tackles against Nebraska ... also had a sack and a forced fumble ... seven tackles in win over Kansas ... also had a half sack and quarterback hurry ... three tackles in win over Indiana State ... made four stops against Sam Houston State ... recorded first sack of the season ... two tackles in opening win over Florida International.
2004 - Led the team with nine tackles for loss and six and a half sacks ... also posted 26 tackles in backup role ... solid performance against Cal with two sacks and three tackles ... consistently beat UC tackles ... logged three solo tackles, including a sack for seven lost yards in regular-season finale against Oklahoma State ... one assisted tackle at Texas A&M ... dominated from his end position with two sacks for 24 lost yards against Baylor ... also had four tackles ... made three tackles at Kansas State ... had two assisted tackles against Texas ... had two tackles, both for loss against Nebraska ... started in place of Adell Duckett for first collegiate start at Oklahoma ... posted a tackle and a quarterback hurry ... five tackles, including two for loss and a sack in come-from-behind win at Kansas ... also had a pass breakup ... picked up a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a score in win over TCU ... also had two tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble and a sack for a 13-yard loss ... assisted on a tackle at New Mexico.
2003 - Played in all 13 games ... one of three true freshmen on defense (Chad Johnson, Brock Stratton) ... second on the team in sacks ... made most of 16 tackles this season, with 4.5 of them going for sacks ... also had 4.5 tackles for loss ... Navy - two tackles and a fumble return for 32 yards ... Oklahoma - logged two tackles in the regular-season finale against the nation's top-ranked team ... Texas - had a half sack on UT quarterback Vince Young ... finished the game with two tackles ... Baylor - two sacks against the Bears ... Colorado - two tackles against the Buffaloes ... Missouri - logged a tackle ... Iowa State - had one tackle and batted down a pass at the line ... Texas A&M - registered a sack for a 10-yard loss ... N.C. State - notched a stop against the Wolfpack ... New Mexico - first sack of career against UNM ... also had a tackle ... SMU - logged a half tackle in first collegiate game.
High School - Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La. ... No. 55 defensive end prospect in the country (Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting) ... 2002 Louisiana All-State Team (Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting) ... No. 57 defensive end prospect in the country (Rivals100.com) ... No. 31 overall prospect in Louisiana (Rivals100.com) ... Rivals100.com Top 500 ... helped lead Evangel Christian to 14-1 record and second-consecutive state championship in 2002 ... Evangel finished the 2002 season ranked 19th in USA Today, eighth in the South ... logged 78 tackles, 11 for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles last season ... tremendous speed, strength and quickness ... also recruited by Colorado and LSU ... Evangel teammate with current Red Raiders Thomas Bachman and Chad Johnson ... High School Coach: Dennis Dunn.
Personal - Born September 13, 1985 ... son of Mattie and Wilbur Dawson ... has three older brothers; Shane, Wilbur and Byron.