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Nebraska Football: Defensive Line Coach Mike Dawson Leaving for the NFL

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Taking a coaching position for the New York Giants

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On a cold snowy afternoon, the Nebraska Athletic Department decided to drop a relative news bomb on the Husker faithful.

Coach Scott Frost issued the following statement in regards to Coach Dawson:

“Coach Dawson informed me late last week he had chosen to accept a coaching position with the New York Giants. Mike has been a key part of our staff the past three seasons at Nebraska and UCF. He is a man of great character, an outstanding teacher, relates well to players and is a tremendous asset for any coaching staff.

“When you are fortunate to have outstanding coaches on your staff, they are going to have other opportunities in this profession. We will miss Coach Dawson, but wish him and his family the best as he takes the next step in his career with the Giants.”

This will be the first coaching change for the Scott Frost era. We should not fault Coach Dawson as almost any job in the NFL is likely seen as a step up when comparing to the defensive line coach at Nebraska.

Dawson has spent the past three years with Scott Frost, but posts a 20+ year coaching resume which includes three years in the NFL.

According to 24/7, Mike Dawson was the primary recruiter for Ty Robinson (four star defensive end), Brant Banks (three star offensive lineman), and Rahmir Johnson (three star running back).

Also being reported is that all of the other Nebraska Football Assistant coaches have received one-year extensions which is merely par for the course in this profession. Their salaries remain the same.

We would like to wish Coach Dawson good luck!


Possible candidates to be in consideration for the position as suggested by Corn Nation are as follows: Jason Peter, Grant Wistrom, John Parrella, Adam Carriker, John Paupuchis, Jeff Devanney, Steve Warren, Bill Belichick and Ndamukong Suh (until he signs with a new team).