Jaguar's athlete looking for a shot

If the players at Thomas-Jefferson High School need any history lessons on the University of Pittsburgh, they do not need to go far. The Jaguars head coach is Bill Cherpak, who was a standout and a 4-year letterman at Pittsburgh. Cherpak led his team to a 12-1 record, the only defeat was at Heinz Field during the WPIAL Championship game. Thomas-Jefferson lost to the eventual Western Pennsylvania finalist and PIAA Class AAA state runner-up, Pine-Richland, by a score of 21-7.

One of the leaders of the team was WR Brad Dawson (6-1, 190, 4.61), who was named to the Big Seven 1st team All-Conference squad and 1st Team Tribune-Review Class AAA Team as a DB. During his junior campaign, Brad had 25 receptions for 700 yards and 8 TDs. On defense, he intercepted 5 passes.

This year, however, Dawson will be making a position switch. He will now be the starting QB for the Jaguars. Pete Winovich, who signed on to play at Bowling Green, was the Thomas-Jefferson QB in 2003. Is Dawson prepared to lead the team from the QB position?

"I want to be a leader and do whatever I can to help my team win," said Dawson

Dawson has attended several recruiting events at the University of Pittsburgh, and he had several good things to say about it.

"The facilities are awesome. The coaches are nice. Everyone associated with the program are great people."

Besides Pittsburgh, Dawson has been hearing from Maryland, and Syracuse. He would like the opportunity to see the other schools that are recruiting him.

"If it works out that I can see Maryland and Syracuse, I would like to."

Brad realizes that he may not get a shot at Division 1A football. If he does not, he can always look at his brother as an example that bigger is not always better. Brian Dawson was a standout QB at Washington and Jefferson College.

Dawson has a 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale. He will be getting his SAT results back soon. He has a max bench of 260 lbs. and a max squat of 300 lbs.

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