Jomon Dotson spent his first three years at UW as a running back. It didn’t take long for him to make an impact on the other side of the ball.
Jomon Dotson admits he’s watched the video of his 68-yard interception return for a touchdown from last Saturday about 10 times now.
But who can blame him?
Dotson, who moved from running back to cornerback in the offseason, spent his first three seasons with the Washington Huskies waiting to showcase his highlight-making ability.
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“It’s all about opportunities,” he said. “On that play, I got an opportunity to make something happen.”
In his second game in the secondary, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound redshirt junior played extensively in the second half of a 63-7 blowout over Montana at Husky Stadium.
“Around here, they love turnovers,” Dotson said. “And coach loves it when you can score. You’re not necessarily thinking about that when you’re out there, because you’re just trying to make a play.
“But if you get an opportunity to score, then why not?”
Late in the third quarter, Dotson hauled in a long throw from Montana quarterback Reese Phillips near the UW sideline. He escaped the grasp of receiver Sammy Akem and sprinted across the field, stiff-arming running back Alijah Lee.
As he neared the Montana sideline, Dotson reversed field and stiff-armed Lee again, knocking him to the ground.
“I was like you’re not getting me,” said Dotson, UW’s fastest player who posted a hand-timed 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard sprint at the team’s spring combine. “And if I can I hit this corner, then you’re not coming to get me again.”
UW reserves Brandon McKinney and Sean Constantine delivered key blocks in the middle of the field that allowed Dotson to speed down the UW sideline and into the end zone, just ahead of Montana receiver Josh Horner.
“It was a nice play,” coach Chris Petersen said. “I’d never seen a guy get so tired during the interception in my whole life when he had the goal line staring at him. But at least he got across the goal line, so I’m proud of him.”
It was a remember-me? moment for Dotson, who never really had a chance to shine at running back due to finding himself in the logjam behind regulars Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman.
Dotson, who tallied 260 yards on 57 carries in 2016, asked Petersen if he could change positions after…