Dawkins, Reddick Shine at New Positions in Senior Bowl

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Just over a month ago Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick were competing against Wake Forest in the Military Bowl in their last game at Temple. Today, the two former Temple standouts were showcasing their game for NFL teams in the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Both Dawkins and Reddick played new positions in the senior bowl, with Dawkins moving from left tackle to left guard, and Reddick moving from defensive end, to inside linebacker.

Reddick tied for the North team lead with nine total tackles in the game, and was the starting inside linebacker for the team. Dawkins, who protected Phillip Walker’s blindside for three plus years at Temple, had success at left guard against some of the top defensive players in the country.

Dawkins drew praise from NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock in the final game of his collegiate career.

“Nice play by Dion Dawkins,” Mayock said after Dawkins made a kick out block on a run in the second half. “I think {Dawkins} has the capabilities to be a
starting guard in the NFL.”

The pair of 2016 AAC champions received high praise throughout the practice week.

Both players were recognized for their performance this week, as they were voted as the top practice players at their respective positions by NFL scouts.

Mayock continued his praise of former Temple players, naming Haason Reddick his star of the week.

“{Reddick} showed versability that people didn’t realize he had,” Mayock wrote in an article on NFL.com. “Reddick can be an inside linebacker in a 3-4, inside linebacker in a 4-3 and even line up occasionally as an edge rusher. He really helped himself this week.”

Along with Mayock, NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah praised Reddick for his performance leading up to the game.

“This was basically a flawless week for Temple ILB Haason Reddick,” Jeremiah wrote. “He made the most money of anyone here.”

With the 2017 NFL draft fast approaching, Dawkins and Reddick will both take part in the NFL combine beginning on February 28th. They will look to become 4th and 5th former owls to be selected in the draft since last season.

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