Beacons by position: Search for Dawson's replacement will be a team effort
FB: Deep running back room is high on potential and low on experience
Fourth in a series of nine position previews leading up to the Valparaiso football season opener on Aug. 31.
There’s little question that the Valparaiso football program has been living in its Golden Age of Running Backs over the last three years.
Robert Washington gave a jolt of energy to the program in the spring of 2021 when he burst on the scene and ripped off 199 rushing yards against Butler in the season opener. The Charlotte/Old Dominion transfer kept it up over the next two seasons, rushing for a total of 1,758 yards and 19 touchdowns in the 2021 calendar year.
Washington gave way to Central Connecticut transfer Aaron Dawson, who started his Valparaiso career with 147 rushing yards against Indiana Wesleyan. By the time the 2022 season was finished, Dawson ran for 1,204 yards, second in program history to only Jeff Horton’s record of 1,358 yards that was set in 2005.
Washington and Dawson are done with college football and the question for the 2023 Beacons is who’s next?