The Texas Tech offense has an anchor heading into the 2021 season, and his name is Dawson Deaton. With fellow Frisco High School star lineman Jack Anderson moving onto the NFL, Deaton steps into a leading role in the trenches for Texas Tech. It is difficult to fathom a better leader, as Deaton is making as many preseason All-Conference and All-American lists on the field as he is Academic All-American lists off of it. Dawson also recently penned a touching Father’s Day article to share some details from his personal life, in which his intelligence and maturity are on full display. It is a very worthwhile read:
Deaton is a Red Raider legacy in the purest sense, with both of his parents and now himself all holding degrees from Texas Tech. He is returning to take care of some unfinished business on the gridiron as a key cog in what looks to be an explosive Tech offense. Dawson has started 23 consecutive games and has proven capable of playing anywhere on the line. Perhaps more impressively, he has made the Academic All-Big 12 first team for three straight years. Unsurprisingly, he has earned the respect of his fellow teammates, having been named a team captain multiple times already. Texas Tech will need his experience and leadership to protect a new signal-caller and to allow the Air Raid passing game enough time to soar.
The 6’6″, 310-pound Deaton is an imposing presence, both figurative and literally. His importance to this roster and to the team’s potential in 2021 cannot be overstated. There is a very good chance that Deaton will be playing on Sundays in the near future, but he is a man who is likely to find success in life no matter what and is someone Tech fans should be very proud to call a Red Raider.