Nebraska football added a familiar face to the staff on Thursday.
As many of you have heard by now, Nebraska football is bringing back a familiar face in Mike Dawson. Dawson, who left for the Giants last year, is set to work with the outside linebackers.
Dawson is set to make $325,000 in 2020, $500,000 in 2021, and $550,000 in 2022. According to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, the contract expires in April 2022.
One of the things that he should definitely focus on next year is to generate a better pass rush. Nebraska recorded only 2.5 sacks on the season last year. That has to change if Nebraska wants to be successful. With the talent at the linebacker position, he should be able to do that.
I love the idea of Dawson coming back. For one, he brings familiarity to the coaching staff. Dawson was part of the staff in 2018. He will have experience with Frost and other coaches on the staff. That is certainly a bonus. This is a guy who definitely loves to be a part of the coaching staff, and it’s not like Nebraska is hiring a coach from the outside. He knows what the Nebraska football tradition is, and he will definitely work to get the defense back to where it needs to be.
That should be able to help on the recruiting trail as well. As a report from the Herald notes, he had a reputation as being a great recruiter on the East Coast. With how successful the program was in Florida, maybe Dawson can build off that. I certainly wouldn’t count it out.
It will be interesting to see exactly what type of style Dawson brings to the staff as it relates to next season. There is no doubt that this team is going to have a ton of expectations. Dawson is a coach that takes things extremely seriously and works hard to get better every day. The fact that he is coming back is only an asset to the staff.