|David Dawson (image via Scout)|
Weight: 309 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #55
Last year: I ranked Dawson #53 and said he would be a backup offensive guard. He played in five games.
Dawson redshirted in 2013 when he was 280 lbs., but he bulked up to 295 last season and became a backup. He made his debut in the Appalachian State blowout, and played in four more games afterward. The Wolverines stayed relatively healthy last season, so he was not needed often.
This year not much changes ahead of him, so he probably won't be called upon unless bad things happen to the knees and ankles of the starters or a couple key backups. Dawson has practiced at various times at both guard and both tackle spots. At a good size of 309 lbs., he seems like the first guard likely to draw into the lineup, but redshirt junior Blake Bars is an option, as is redshirt sophomore center/guard Patrick Kugler. Dawson did not fare particularly well in the spring game and was abused a few times by defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr., so I don't think Dawson is quite ready for prime time yet. The way things look right now, he may have to wait for redshirt juniors Kyle Kalis, Ben Braden, and Erik Magnuson to graduate before he gets a shot to start.
Prediction: Backup offensive guard