American Canyon’s Jomon Dotson, the Player of the Year on the Napa Valley Register’s 2013 All-Napa County team, will not be returning for his senior season of football at the University of Washington.
Dotson, who graduated Saturday from Washington with a degree in sociology, said he will attend the University of Nevada in Reno and play his final season in college for the Wolf Pack as a graduate transfer. He plans to pursue a master’s in justice management.
Dotson, who moved from tailback to cornerback two years ago, said it was a difficult decision to leave Washington, which lost to Penn State, 35-28, in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 in Glendale, Arizona. He will join the Wolf Pack next week.
“I’ve been here for four years. You build a bond with your teammates, you build that chemistry,” he said by phone from Seattle.
“This is better for my family. They won’t have to travel as far to come see me for my last year.”
Nevada (2-9 overall, 2-5 Mountain West Conference) lost its season finale, 42-23 to San Diego State.
Nevada opens the 2018 season with four consecutive nonconference games – Aug. 31 at home against Portland State, Sept. 8 at Vanderbilt, Sept. 15 at home against Oregon State, Sept. 22 at Toledo.
The Wolf Pack will then play Mountain West Conference games against Air Force, Fresno State, Boise State, Hawaii, San Diego State, Colorado State, at San Jose State and UNLV.
“We’re looking forward to this new chapter in his life,” Jomon Dotson’s father, Joe Dotson, said. “The family is excited. It’s a wonderful opportunity that is awaiting him. The sky is the limit. All everyone has to do is just stay tuned, because there is more to come.”
Jomon Dotson redshirted in 2014, his true freshman season at Washington.
He played in six games during the 2015 season for the Huskies. He had 27 yards rushing on 10 carries against Oregon State and caught two passes for 19 yards in the Heart of Dallas Bowl game against Southern Miss.
Dotson made two starts at tailback and played in all 14 games for Washington during the 2016 season. One of his biggest games was against Oregon, as he rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown and caught two passes for 52 yards with a TD. He ran for 48 yards on eight carries against Idaho. He had 30 yards rushing on seven attempts against Stanford and ran for 35 yards on eight carries against Cal.
Dotson played in each of the 13 games last year for the Huskies. He was credited with 13 total tackles (11 unassisted stops, two solo stops) and returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown against Montana.
He was named as the Washington coaches’ special teams player of the game for his performance against UCLA. He had three tackles each against Fresno State, Washington State and Penn State.
Jomon Dotson, 22, said he is willing to do whatever he can to help Nevada. He can return kicks and punts as well.
“I now have the opportunity to go there and play and help that team win,” he said. “It’s a great school. It’s going to be a good journey. I’m excited.”
“I’m looking forward to just being able to play any position that they want me to play, so that we can win games. Coming from somewhere else, my teammates are welcoming me to come join the team.”
According to a report at www.seattletimes.com on March 11, Dotson had the fastest time in the 40-yard dash at 4.32 at the Husky Combine winter conditioning testing drills at Dempsey Indoor.
Dotson also led the Huskies in the vertical jump (40.5 inches) and broad jump (11 feet, 1.5 inches), according to www.seattletimes.com.
The year before, Dotson had the fastest time at 4.38, according to www.seattletimes.com.
“He can do some special things,” said Ian MacMillan, Dotson’s coach at American Canyon High, who is now the JV coach at St. Helena High. “He’s able to run with just about anybody. He’s aggressive.
“I’m excited for him. It’s a good opportunity for Jomon and a good coaching staff there and a fresh start. He’ll be all right. He’s just looking for an opportunity to get on the field and do his thing.”
Dotson switched positions, moving to defense in the spring of 2017.
At American Canyon, Dotson set school records for career rushing yards (4,976), rushing touchdowns (60), all-purpose yards (5,499) and points scored (374).