Rookie camp starts today, and will involve not just the players drafted but many of the undrafted rookies signed as free agents. One player that intrigues me is Harvard RB Clifton Dawson. He is a Dominic Rhodes clone both in terms of size and speed. Dawson ran a 4.52, hardly ever fumbled, rushed for almost 5,000 yards and 60 TDs. He also averaged, over a 4 year college career, 5.2 yards a rush! Dawson was considered by many to be the greatest Ivy League runner ever. His knock?
Well, he was playing Ivy League talent, not Big Ten or Pac Ten talent.
Still, when you run for that many yards and touchdowns, it's impressive no matter what league. For a good write-up on Dawson (who has a real chance of making the Colts' roster), read John Powers' article from a few years ago. And though he went undrafted, many teams expressed interest in Dawson: