JUCO Report: DaShawn Crawford

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DaShawn Crawford should help the Hokies immediately. (Photo via @underated54)

At the moment, DaShawn Crawford (#36) is Tech’s only confirmed JUCO DT, pending Jaden Cunningham’s final grades. That makes him pretty important. Coming out of Jones County JC of Mississippi, Crawford fits the profile of the smaller DTs who can thrive in VT’s defensive scheme if they’re quick and tough enough. He plays every technique, including nose and wide end in the 30 package. Jones County was a highly ranked team last year, and Mississippi is loaded with good JUCO programs, so he played against relatively good competition. Here’s his highlight reel, with some plays noted that caught my eye:

0:00—He gets his man to fall over, then gets out on a swing pass.

0:35—Nice rip and speed.

1:45—A first step and a little swim gets him in the backfield.

3:19—He’s got the best swim move I’ve seen in a while.

3:32—Here he surprises his man with a power move.

4:02—He gets blocked on the backside of the play but gets across the field for a sideline tackle.

4:20—That’s a good rip through a double-team.

4:58—Another good swim.

6:42—Here he is at end in a wide technique. He beats the TE and puts a lick on the tackle peeling back to him.

7:07—While the punter fumbles the