Dawson Feeling Drevno Impact

Redshirt sophomore lineman David Dawson discusses his progression under Tim Drevno and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Just like every Michigan football player, David Dawson is looking to see more time on the field this season. And if he plans to do that, he must show that he can play in new offensive line coach Tim Drevno’s system.

So far, Dawson says he’s adapting well to Drevno’s coaching philosophy and schemes since he stated working with his new position coach this spring.

“It went well,” Dawson said of his spring. “I liked working with coach Drevno in the spring. I’m just looking forward to the fall and learning more from him.”

Adding: “It’s football, pretty much the same thing – just new faces – that’s pretty much it. … It’s all just football.”

However, Dawson didn’t shy away form the fact that Drevno has made a difference in his style of play already.

“(Drevno) brings a lot of energy to the table,” Dawson said. “He knows what he is talking about. He’s just a great guy. This spring I saw myself getting better at certain things, I credit that to him.”

Only a redshirt sophomore, Dawson says his biggest gains he’s made this year have come in his blocking techniques.

“I would say I am a lot better at combo blocking and run blocking, things like that,” Dawson said on his progressions. “And just getting better everyday. But I definitely say my run blocking and combo blocking has gotten better.”

At 6-foot-4, 309-pounds, Dawson played right guard during spring ball. Although he says he doesn’t know what his main position will be this fall. He says the line is still focused on running the ball, however, their major difference is the players mentality in holding each other accountable.

“I definitely see us holding each other accountable during summer workouts and during spring ball,” Dawson said. “That’s something that has changed through the years.”

Michigan opens its season at Utah on Sept. 3.

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