Player Of The Week: Keyunta Dawson

The Colts CornerContributor IJune 30, 2009
Keyunta Dawson is the typical Colts, Tampa-2 defensive tackle. Weighing in at only 254 pounds Dawson was used at right end in his first NFL season, getting reps in practice behind Dwight Freeney. Dawson is one of the fastest players who play defensive tackle in the league today.

But, when Anthony McFarland, Raheem Brock, and the Colts other defensive tackles got injured in 2007, the Colts switched Dawson to defensive tackle. He started four games of 16 games in which he played in and registered 23 tackles and one sack.

Dawson's first career sack came in his third week as a pro in a winning effort against the Houston Texans. In a strong effort in which Dawson started against San Diego he recorded four solo tackles. Other than that, Dawson mainly played on special teams.

After the 2007 season, the Colts released defensive tackles Anthony "Booger" McFarland and Ed Johnson. The Colts did not sign any player or draft a new tackle, so Dawson was moved into the starting lineup. Dawson played beside Raheem Brock, until the Colts moved Eric Foster into the starting lineup.
Dawson and Foster gave the Colts the smallest defensive lineman in the NFL. The Colts had the second worst run defense in the NFL partly because they were so small, but because of their pass rush ability, the Colts had one of the best pass defenses in the history of the NFL.

The Colts moved Dawson and Foster out on passing downs, and replaced them with players like Antonio Johnson, and Daniel Muir. Because of their lack of defending the run, the Colts drafted Terrance Taylor and Fili Moala, and brought back Ed Johnson.
The Colts could consider using Dawson at defensive tackle again, but his future with the Colts seems murkier. The Colts have always had a new shuffel of tackles every year, so Dawson will just have to wait his turn again.