9  Damien Dodson
Damien Dodson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

High School:
Westwood HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 167

Position:
Wide Receiver


A three year letterman who enters the 1999 season as the school's fourth all-time leading receiver in number of receptions (108) and in yards (1,589) ... Needs just nine pass receptions this season to over take Russell Copeland as the Tigers' all-time record holder for number of receptions ... Needs just 535 yards to become Memphis all-time leading pass receiver ...

1998: Started in all eleven games for the Tigers in 1998 ... Caught passes in ten of the contests ... Opened the season with eight pass receptions for 80 yards in the Ole Miss game ... Was named the team's Offensive Champion for his play against Ole Miss ... Had six receptions for 126 yards against Mississippi State ... Caught three passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Houston game ... Caught a 92-yard pass from Stephen Galbraith in the Houston contest ... The 92-yard pass play was the second longest in Memphis football history ... Had four receptions for 84 yards in the Arkansas game ... Ended the season with three catches for 128 yards and one touchdown in the East Carolina game ... His 128 yards against East Carolina were a career high ... Led the Tigers in receiving in 1998 ... Had 42 pass receptions for 753 yards and two touchdowns ... His 42 receptions rank as the 10th highest single season total and his 753 yards rank as the fourth highest single season total in Memphis football history ... Received an Offensive Fanatical Effort Award for his play in 1997 ... Finished the spring as the Tigers' third leading receiver ... Caught 13 passes for 143 yards and one score in spring scrimmages ...

1997: Lettered while starting seven games in 1997 ... Led the team in receiving with 45 receptions for 605 yards ... Had five receiving touchdowns ... Averaged 13.4 yards per reception ... Had four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown in Memphis' win over Alabama-Birmingham ... Caught three passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Michigan State game ... Had a season long 70-yard reception in the Michigan State game ... Caught a season high nine passes for 127 yards in the Minnesota contest ... Helped the team to victory by catching seven passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville ... Was injured in the Cincinnati game while scoring a touchdown and missed the following game against Arkansas State ... Also served as the Tigers' punt returner ... Had 18 returns for 218 yards and averaged 12.1 yards per return ... Had six returns for 94 yards in the Houston game ... His 94 yards rank as the fourth highest single game total in school history ...

1996: Was a regular at the flanker position in 1996, playing in all 11 games ... Finished the season as the team's third leading receiver ... Was credited with 21 receptions for 231 yards and one touchdown in 1996 ... Averaged 11.0 yards per reception ... Also shared kickoff return duties with Kevin Cobb ... Totaled 19 kickoff returns for 362 yards ... Averaged 19.1 yards per return and had a season-long return of 43 yards in the Houston contest ... Had two pass receptions for 53 yards in his first collegiate contest, that coming against Miami ... Had a season best six pass receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' win over Tulane ... Had a 25-yard touchdown reception in the Tulane contest ... Ended the season with five catches for 46 yards in the East Carolina contest ... Was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 1996 ... Ranked seventh in Conference USA in kickoff returns with a 19.1 yard average ... Was the recipient of the first Ralph Hatley Scholar Athlete Award at the University of Memphis ...

Prep: The most prolific pass receiver in the history of prep football ... Is the number one all-time leading prep receiver with 4,499 career yards ... Had 58 career receiving touchdowns which ranks second in the history of prep football ... Finished his Westwood career with 229 pass receptions for 4,499 yards ... Also returned 46 career punts for 738 yards ... Averaged 16.04 yards per punt return for his career ... Had 79 pass receptions for 1,668 yards in 1995 ... Scored 21 receiving touchdowns in 1995 ... Averaged 21.1 yards per catch in 1995 ... Led the city of Memphis in overall catches (79), receiving yards (1,668), average yards receiving per game (128.3), touchdown receptions (21), and in scoring (128 points) ... Was named to the 1995 Parade Magazine All-American team ... Was named to the 1995 Associated Press All-State team ... Received honorable mention for USA Today's Tennessee Football Player of the Year award ... Named to The Commercial Appeal's Super 24 Team ... Was named to the Knoxville News Sentinel Top 25 Prospects in the state of Tennessee (#3) ... Was named as the Chattanooga-Times Super 11 Team as the number three prospect in the state ... Was named the number two prospect in the state by the Chattanooga Free Press ... Was named to the Tennessee Sportswriters All-State team ... Was named to Max Emfinger's Top Prospects List ... Was named to the Atlanta Constitution/Journal's Southern Top 100 as the number two receiver ... Was selected to Street & Smith's Top 100 Players list ... Was named to Athlon Magazine's Southeastern Blue Chips List ... Received a 5-star rating from the Forest/Davis Recruiting Service ... Had 96 pass receptions for 1,784 yards as a junior (1994) ... Tallied 22 touchdowns as a junior ... Had 314 yards receiving in the 1994 South Side game ... Also had over 200 yards receiving in three other contests ... Returned 21 punts for 342 yards as a junior ... Averaged 16.3 yards per return in 1994 ... Caught 47 passes for 888 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore (1993) ... Averaged 18.9 yards per reception in his first season of high school football ... Was the sixth leading scorer in the city as a sophomore ... Returned 13 punts for 244 yards in 1993 ... Had nine kickoff returns for 249 yards ... Averaged 31.1 yards per return ... Was fifth in the city in all-purpose yards as a sophomore ... Born: 6/21/78 ... Is the son of Roslyn Gary and Lee Parson ... Played for head coach John Ware at Westwood.

DODSON'S STATISTICS

ReceivingG/SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
199611/42123111.0142
199710/74560513.4570
199811/114275317.9292
Total32/22108158914.7892
KO ReturnsG/SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
199611/41936219.1043
Punt ReturnsG/SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
199611/4000.000
199710/71821812.1032
199811/1112564.7015
Total31/22302749.1032

DODSON'S CAREER HIGHS
Most receptions/Game: 9 vs Minnesota ('97)
Most receiving yds/Game: 128 vs East Carolina ('98)
Longest reception: 92 vs Houston ('98)
Most Touchdown Receptions/Game: 2 vs Louisville ('97)
Most KO Return Yards/Game: 81 vs Houston ('96)
Longest KO Return: 43 vs Houston ('96)
Most Punt Returns/Game: 6 vs Houston ('97)
Most Punt Return Yds/Game: 94 vs Houston ('97)
Longest Punt Return: 32 vs Houston ('97)

DODSON'S 100 YARD PERFORMANCES
128 vs East Carolina, 1998
126 vs Mississippi State, 1998
127 vs Minnesota, 1997
101 vs Louisville, 1997

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