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Dashon Goldson

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205 | College: Washington
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The former Coffeyville Community College was a pleasant surprise for the Huskies coaching staff when he arrived on campus in 2004. Three years later, the entire staff sang praises for their junior college find, as Goldson proved to be indispensable in the secondary.

He was the consummate team player, sacrificing personal success for that of the squad when he moved to cornerback from free safety in 2006, so the team could field its four best defensive backs. A high ankle sprain would limit him to just five starting assignments at his new position. With Goldson starting at left cornerback, opponents averaged 226.6 yards passing vs. the Huskies. But in the contests he could not start due to his injury, Washington allowed 291.5 yards passing per game.

At Narbonne High School, Goldson received two votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2001 "Best in the West" poll and earned first-team All-Marine League honors in each of his final two seasons. As a senior, he totaled 130 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions, including two for scores.

Goldson originally signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington in 2002, but failed to qualify academically. He played one season at Coffeyville Community College as a free safety in 2003, earning first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors.

He also earned first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors and was named the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the team compile a 9-3 record that season, as he produced 99 tackles (33 solos) with a sack, five stops for losses and caused a fumble that he recovered. He intercepted two passes, deflected two others, averaged 6.5 yards on eight punt returns and 19.0 yards on four kickoff returns.

Goldson finally enrolled at Washington in time to compete in 2004 spring drills, but was hampered during the off-season by a right shoulder injury that required surgery. He returned to start all eleven contests at free safety, ranking fifth on the team with 64 tackles (32 solos) and a stop for a loss. He recovered two fumbles, caused another and batted away five passes. He also had a pair of interceptions.

For the second-straight season, Goldson started all eleven games at free safety in 2005. He was the team's third-leading tackler with 80 hits (42 solos), adding 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered a fumble and knocked down three passes while picking off another for a 76-yard touchdown return.

A high ankle sprain in an off-season conditioning program would sideline Goldson for the season opener vs. Fresno State in 2006. He played as a reserve while his ankle slowly healed, starting six contests, including the last five at left cornerback. He also started once at free safety vs. Oregon State. He posted 50 tackles (33 solos) w3ith two stops for losses and a fumble recovery. He also had one interception and ten pass deflections.

In 43 games at Washington, Goldson started 38 contests (33 at free safety, 5 at left corner). He registered 194 tackles (107 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses of 16 yards, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries, returning one 11 yards. He deflected eighteen passes and intercepted four others for 82 yards in returns (20.5 avg) and one touchdown.


Positives: Well-proportioned athlete with lean muscle tone, good height, adequate bulk and a frame that can add at least another ten pounds without any drop-off in overall quickness … Shows good arm and chest thickness, broad shoulders with decent change of direction agility and body control … Plays with good effort and energy, flashing decent strength behind his hits … Good program type who sacrificed personal success when he moved to left corner from free safety to help fill a need in the secondary … Plays with the functional strength needed to put decent pop behind his hits … Better safety prospect than at cornerback, as he seems to lack the instant ball reaction skills you look for in a defender during man coverage (needs to refine his angles, as he does not always take the right path to the ball), but he appears more decisive when having to step into the box in run support … Not easily fooled by misdirection and is not the type that will bite on run action (needs to be more alert to blocking schemes, though) … Can cover the slot receivers, backs and tight ends in short area coverage, as he uses his hands well in attempts to press … Has the functional hip snap to run with the tight ends throughout route progression … Gets good depth in the zone and appears much more alert to action in front of him than when he has his back to the ball … Best when playing in the Cover-2 zone scheme or when in scheme coverages (especially in the back third of the field) … Does a good job of tracking the ball in flight … Has the in-stride acceleration and burst to close.

Can adjust and jump for the ball to get to it at its high point … Quick to fill in run support and is a heads-up type of tackler who is a better tackler than hitter (won't explode behind his hits, but has enough to wrap and secure) … More of a hit-&-miss type of tackler in pass coverage (struggles in space), but will square up and attack the lead blocker with good urgency … Shows steady acceleration and ease-of-movement coming out of his backpedal and loves to compete for the high passes, catching the ball in his hands and away from his body … Uses his hands effectively to work through blocks … Keeps his shoulders square and stays low, driving with his legs to rock the ball carrier back at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Lacks that sharp burst needed to recover when beaten deep … Gets sloppy in his tackling at times (mostly in space), possible due to a previous shoulder injury, as he is inconsistent wrapping (better wrapper in closed quarters) and will miss a few open field tackles … Slow to read and react to plays when playing in man coverage (struggles to locate the ball with his back turned to the action) … Could improve his pursuit range once he learns how to take proper angles … Can make the interception, but lacks natural hands (tends to basket catch, resulting in several picks turning into deflections) … Lacks the second gear to recover when beaten on long routes and will miss a few tackles working in space (hit-&-miss type on the move, but better when he lets the play come to him) … Will need further medical evaluation, as he has suffered injuries to both shoulders during his career.

Compares To: WILL DEMPS-New York Giants … Like Demps, Goldson is a better fit at safety than as a man coverage cornerback. He is a little too slow with reading keys and lacks the timed speed to mirror receivers on long routes. He is better when supporting the run than playing the pass. He has the strength and square-up ability, keeping the action in front of him and is quick to fill when playing inside the box.

Career Notes

Including his career at Coffeyville Community College, Goldson appeared in 43 college games, earning 38 starts. He collected 293 tackles (140 solos) with a 1-yard sack and 10.5 stops for losses of 23 yards. He caused two fumbles and recovered five others, returning two for a total of 15 yards. He deflected 20 passes and gained 111 yards with a touchdown on six interceptions (18.5 avg). Goldson also saw some action on special teams as a fresh-man, returning eight punts for 52 yards (6.5 avg) and four kickoffs for 76 yards (19.0 avg) … Started 22 straight games at Washington before an ankle injury limited him to just a handful of plays vs. San Jose State in the 2006 season opener.

2006 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, based on his stellar second half performance …

Suffered a high ankle sprain during off-season conditioning drills and it wasn't until midseason that Goldson was healthy enough to return to the starting lineup … Started vs. Oregon State at free safety, but shifted to left cornerback for the final five games … Still managed to rank sixth on the team with 50 tackles (33 solo), including two stops for losses of 4 yards … Recovered a fumble, deflected a career-high ten passes and gained 6 yards on an interception return … In five games at left cornerback, he had 36 passes thrown into his area … The opposition caught thirteen of those throws for 177 yards (13.62 yards per completion and 4.92 yards per pass attempt) … While playing cornerback, seven of the catches he allowed produced first downs.

2006 Game Analysis

San Jose State … Only appeared for several plays and did not record any tackles.

Oklahoma … Deflected a pass and made a pair of tackles.

Fresno State … Did not play (ankle).

UCLA … Managed just one solo tackle.

Arizona … In his first extensive action for 2006, Goldson posted seven tackle (3 solos) and intercepted a Willie Tuitama pass at the UA 46 for a 6-yard return at the start of the fourth quarter.

Southern California … In his final game as a reserve, Goldson made ten tackles (9 solos) and deflected three passes, including a third-&-goal toss by J.D. Booty that forced USC to settle for a 21-yard field goal to salvage some points from a 13-play, 76-yard drive that ended at the 1:34 mark of the fourth quarter … Earlier in the third quarter, he assisted in tackling Emmanuel Moody for a 3-yard loss at the UW 22.

Oregon State … Registered six tackles (3 solos) and recovered a fumble by receiver Sammie Stroughter at the UW 37 with 1:37 left in the third quarter, as Goldson started for the first time in 2006 and for the last time at free safety … Also deflected a pass.

California … Shifting to left cornerback, Goldson responded to the change by delivering six tackles (5 solos) and breaking up two passes … Deflected a third-&-8 toss by QB Nate Longshore, forcing Cal to punt on their game-opening series … Head to Head Competition-WR#1-DeSean Jackson-Three catches for 40 yards (deflected two passes and stopped Jackson from getting to three other throws).

Arizona State … Assisted on a stop behind the line of scrimmage, batted down two passes and had three tackles … Head to Head Competition-WR#1-Michael Jones-One catch for 7 yards (stopped Jones from getting to three other throws).

Stanford … Was in on a pair of solo tackles … Head to Head Competition-WR#38-Austin Yancy-No catches (prevented Yancy from getting to three other throws).

Washington State … Closed out his career with eight tackles (5 solos), including four third-down stops, and added a pass deflection … Lost track of Brandon Gibson on Alex Brink's 33-yard touchdown pass to the receiver with 4:14 left in the game … Earlier in the first quarter, Goldson tackled Dwight Tardy on a third-&-9 pass from Brink that netted just 3 yards, forcing WSU to punt … Head to Head Competition-WR#4-Brandon Gibson-Eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown (stopped Gibson from catching seven other passes).

2005 Season

Started all eleven games at free safety and called defensive signals for the backfield … Ranked third on the team with 80 tackles (42 solos), including 2.5 stops for losses of 11 yards … Recovered a fumble and deflected three passes … Returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown.


Air Force … Opened the season with eleven tackles (7 solos) and also recovered a fumble.

California … Followed with an eight-tackle (4 solos) performance.

Idaho … Registered five stops, including one that tailback Jason Brown for a 4-yard loss.

Notre Dame … Delivered ten tackles (7 solos), assisting in taking down tailback Darius Walker behind the line of scrimmage … Also deflected a pass.

Southern California … Picked off a J.D. Booty pass and raced 76 yards into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter … Also registered nine tackles (5 solos).

Arizona State … Followed with ten tackles (3 solos).

Oregon State … Tackled tailback Yvenson Bernard for a 5-yard loss and posted eight hits (4 solos).

Washington State … Closed out the season with eight tackles (4 solos).

2004 Season

Sat out the spring after undergoing left shoulder surgery, but went on to start all eleven games at free safety during his first season at Washington … Ranked fifth on the team with 64 tackles (32 solos), including one stop for a 1-yard loss … Caused a fumble and recovered two others, returning one 11 yards … Intercepted two passes and deflected five others.


Registered a season-high ten tackles vs. California … Picked off a pass and posted five hits in the Stanford clash … Made eight tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble vs. UCLA … Delivered six tackles with a pass break-up and interception in the Oregon game.

2003 Season

Attended Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, playing football for head coach Jeff Leiker … Earned first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors … Added first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference accolades and was named the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year … Helped the team compile a 9-3 record that season, as he produced 99 tackles (33 solos) with a sack, five stops for losses and caused a fumble that he recovered … Intercepted two passes, deflected two others, averaged 6.5 yards on eight punt returns and 19.0 yards on four kickoff returns.

2002 Season

Signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, but did not enroll until 2004.

Injury Report

2004-Missed spring drills after undergoing left shoulder surgery in December, 2003 … Limited in fall camp after undergoing right shoulder surgery in August.

2006-Suffered a high ankle sprain working out over the summer and saw limited action in the team's first two games before the coaches decided to rest him and keep him out of the Fresno State clash (9/16).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 36-inch vertical jump …

9'9" broad jump … 4.52 20-yard shuttle … 7.04 three-cone drill … 31 3/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 11/17 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.69 in the 40-yard dash … 1.67 10-yard dash … 2.73 20-yard dash … 4.46 20-yard shuttle …

12.02 60-yard shuttle … 7.37 three-cone drill … 34.5-inch vertical jump … 9'7" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times.

High School

Attended Narbonne (Harbor City, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach J.R. Munoz … Received two votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2001 "Best in the West" poll and earned first-team All-Marine League honors in each of his final two seasons … As a senior, he totaled 130 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions, including two for scores.


Graduated in June 2006 with a degree in African Ethnic Studies … Born 9/18/84 … Resides in Carson, California.


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