Broken Bow’s Dawson Jackson – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

Most football players think about catching the winning pass or running it in with time running out. But for Broken Bow’s Dawson Jackson, his pride rests on the defensive side of the ball. A VYPE Top 100 pick for 2019, Jackson had 89 tackles, 11 for loss, in leading a defense that recorded six shutouts and gave up an average of eight points a game last year as the Savages advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year.

“It feels great to be able to keep the other guys off the scoreboard and make the big plays and get those three-and-outs,” said the senior who also plays basketball for the Savages.

He grew up watching football and admiring the play of his older brother Dalton who was also a standout at Broken Bow. His coach, Glennis Ring, says it’s about more than family pride for Dawson.

“Family pride is part of it, but he also plays for himself and gets a lot of satisfaction out of bringing the wood. He understands the game as good as anyone I’ve coached and always plays with a sense of urgency.”

Now to be sure, Jackson is also expected to be a key contributor to the Savage offense again this year as a wide receiver where he had 11 grabs for 275 yards in 2018. He and quarterback Brian Garrett work together a lot on their own according to Ring to buildup a strong bond. 

Jackson is the strong, silent type in his leadership style according to Ring, but he still gets the job done.

“He’s not real vocal so he let’s his actions speak for themselves,” said Ring. “The younger kids respect him because they know he leaves it all on the field when he plays and that’s what separates him from some of the others.”

The Broken Bow defense should be stingy again in 2019 according to Jackson.

“I don’t expect anything less than what we did last year,” said Jackson who is also a member of the National Honor Society. “We’ve got the same mind set of trying to shut out every opponent.”

Jackson, who holds down a job as well as all of his activities, has gotten some interest from college scouts, most notably so far from Missouri State and that will probably grow as he goes into his senior season.

According to Ring, Dawson Jackson is the kind of player a coach doesn’t forget.

“Dawson is one of those that after you’ve quit coaching and look back, he’s the kind of player you’ll always remember.”