Saw action in 11 games last season as a backup ... Registered six solo tackles and six assisted throughout the season ... Participated in a defensive secondary that held Navy to just 108 passing yards despite it being the highest scoring game in NCAA history.
Started first 11 games of the season and played in all 12 ... Stepped in for preseason Butkus Award candidate Phillip Graves who was out with injury for the first five games of the year ... Finished the season third on the team in tackles with 54 and added 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack ... In his first start ever for the Mean Green he put up a career-high eight tackles and had three pass breakups in season opener versus Texas ... Picked up his only sack against SMU ... He recorded six tackles on three different occasions ... Had three tackles and fumble recovery in win over Louisiana-Lafayette ... Also played extensively on special teams.
A key contributor in the linebacking corps, Dawson saw action in every game ... Recorded his first career tackle in the home opener against Tulsa ... Also tallied tackles against LSU, Florida International and UL-Lafayette ... Was a key contributor on special teams.
Racked up 97 tackles and 14 tackles for loss as the team captain at Rockdale High School ... Named second-team All-State by the Associated Press, and took first-team all-district honors ... Was selected first-team all-Brazos Valley as well as honorable mention All-Centex ... Blocked two field goals and recovered three fumbles as a senior ... Lettered in football, track and basketball ... Son of Betty Hodge ... Born April 3, 1987.