Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman: Interview

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Dozier was an Associated Press FCS First Team All-American in 2013 and a three-time unanimous All-league selection while at Furman. He helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000 yard rushers from 2011-2013. He shows good athleticism and nastiness in his game that offensive line coaches will love. He played extremely well at the East/West Shrine game, really raising his draft stock. Dozier has some versatility to his game, playing left tackle at Furman, but he will probably move inside in the NFL. I want to think Mr. Dozier for taking the time to do this interview with me.

Blake Meek: So you are from West Columbia, South Carolina. Who was your favorite team growing up?

Dakota Dozier: Growing up my favorite team was South Carolina. My high school was less than 15 minutes away from campus.

BM: Who was your favorite player? Someone from South Carolina?

DD: I never really had a specific favorite player. But some of the players I knew while growing up are Sydney Rice and Cory Boyd for the Gamecocks and Jordan Gross and Stephen Davis of the Panthers.

BM: That’s cool. Why did you chose Furman?

DD: Choosing Furman was a really easy decision for me. I had offers from Furman and App St. and after I took my visits, I knew that Furman was the place for me.

BM: You can usually tell if you fit in a place after visiting. Is there a player you model your game after?

DD: I have never really modeled my play after any specific player. I’ve just enjoyed watching OL play.

BM: Is there a specific coach who helped you become the player you are?

DD: I’ve been blessed to have a lot of good coaches during my time as a player. They have not only helped me to grow to become a better player, but they’ve also helped me become a better man.

BM: Coaching can do wonders for a player. What separates you from other players at your position?

DD: One of the things that separate me from other players at my position is that I truly can’t get enough of the game! I always want to watch more film, work on improving my technique, or spend more time in the weight room.

BM: That is a great attitude to have. People underestimate the value of work ethic. What would you say is your greatest strength?

DD: I would say that my greatest strength is very similar to what separates me from other players. I also feel like I still have a lot of room for improving.

BM: On the flip side, what is your biggest weakness?

DD: The thing that I would say is my biggest weakness is that I haven’t had a constant training program since I got to college. I’ve had 3 different strength coaches in 4.5 years.

BM: That will for sure change in the NFL. What is your biggest on field accomplishment?

DD: Without a doubt my greatest accomplishment on the field came this year. This year Furman won the Southern Conference championship. It was the first time I had ever been part of a championship team and it was also the best record in any season of football that I’ve ever been a part of.

BM: Championships are such great moments. What is your biggest off field accomplishment?

DD: Off the field my biggest accomplishment came this past December when I received my college degree.

BM: College degrees are so important. Something you’ll always have. What does football mean to you?

DD: Football is a huge part of my life. It has given me countless opportunities. I have been able to meet a lot of people, and have built relationships that will carry on throughout my life. Football also gave me the chance to attend a great university like Furman, where I worked to earn a degree in Health Science. In the professional level it will provide my with a truly awesome opportunity to tell others me story and share with them the amazing grace of my Lord and Savior.

BM: Awesome answer man. I’ll let you go with one last question. What do you want to do once your playing days are done?

DD: Once it’s all said and done, I would love nothing more than to be a high school football coach. My degree is in Health Science, so I would like to get my CSCS and be a strength coach as well.

I want to thank Dakota Dozier for taking the time to do this interview with me.

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