Healthy Goldson Hoping for Quick Impact

Back in April during the Huskies spring workouts, Dashon Goldson could hardly keep himself from going crazy. A highly-touted safety out of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, he was relegated to the role of an observer having suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery.

"It was a torn (left) labrum," said Goldson, who at 19-years-old will be given every opportunity to win a starting spot opposite Jimmy Newell during fall camp. "It kept slipping out constantly when I'd make a sudden move."

Fast-forward to current day, and Goldson is back on the football field taking part in drills. While Saturday's morning practice was the first padded practice thus far, it was also the first chance for Goldson to test out his shoulder since joining the Huskies in January.

"I'm excited," Goldson said. "I haven't played in a while and I'm glad to be back."

The addition of Goldson adds an experienced player to a group of safeties that is largely unproven aside from Newell, a fifth-year senior. Evan Benjamin and James Sims, two players entering their fourth year at Washington after three seasons at safety, have each moved positions (Benjamin to linebacker, Sims to fullback). Keauntea Bankhead, one of the Huskies' prize recruits who figured to make an immediate impact this fall, failed to gain a passing score on his SAT and isn't enrolled. That leaves promising sophomore C.J. Wallace and hard-hitting redshirt freshman Chris Hemphill as the others vying for playing time with Goldson and Newell.

Goldson originally signed with Washington out of Narbonne High in Carson, Calif. in 2001, but failed to qualify and had to go the junior college route. While he says it was a difficult route to take to get to a Division I school, he maintains that it helped make him a better player since there was virtually nothing to do in Kansas other than play football.

"I was mad at first, but I made the most of it," said Goldson. "I accomplished a lot of things there. When I was in Kansas I learned a little more about the game and when I got here in the spring it just picked up from there. I've learned a lot in the little time I've been here."

As exciting as it is to finally get to Montlake with a shot at immediate playing time this fall, simply getting out of Kansas might be just as nice.

"The college was in the middle of nowhere," he said. "It was just flat with no trees or anything in Coffeyville.

"There was nothing to do there, but as far as football goes it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It turned me around a lot."

At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Goldson is already where he needs to be at from a physical standpoint. This isn't a small guy we are talking about here. He enters fall camp looking like the guy Husky fans hope can improve the secondary this season, and he knows what he has to do this fall camp to improve his chances.

"The big thing is I need to take the right angles to the ball and make big plays," he said.

"I came out here and did my thing today. They've had me running out there with the ones. I feel comfortable out there." Top Stories