WSU’s Dotson moving up this spring, literally

ISAAC DOTSON has mostly been a safety at Washington State but last season saw him add not one but two additional positions to his repertoire. This spring will bring more change in where he lines up, he tells CF.C.

Dotson (6-2, 215) looks to see see increased reps at the WIL when spring drills kick off at Washington State on March 24.

“I’m actually going to be playing some WIL linebacker,” Dotson told CF.C.  “I got some looks there are the end of last season, mostly in passing downs, but it’s looking like I’ll be down in the box a bit more. For the most part, (I’ll be) getting reps and working with Coach (Ken) Wilson and hopefully solidifying a spot in there.”

So add one more to the list of compelling WSU storylines to watch this spring, as Dotson gets more looks as an every-down type of WIL. 

Dotson will be a fourth-year junior in 2016, and whether ultimately stays at the WIL or shuttles between positions this fall of course remains to be seen - his versatility is such it alows defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to potentially plug Dotson into a variety of roles.

“I’ve learned I’ve got to be ready for everything: strong, free, nickel, WIL," said Dotson. "I’ve played almost all the positions in the secondary and in the linebacking corps so we’ll see what happens. But primarily it will be WIL at this point. Obviously, things can always change but it’s just something I’ve got to be prepared for and it’s something Coach Grinch is great at communicating."

Dotson started off fall camp last year at free safety. After a few days in camp, he moved to nickel and then alternated between the two spots.  Dotson missed four games early on, presumably with injury, but upon his return it wasn’t long before he was coming in at the WIL as the Cougs looked to get faster on obvious passing downs.

We’ll have more from Dotson tomorrow on CF.C.

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