In Dickinson State’s recent game against Dakota State, the defense, led by junior defensive back Dawson McGlothlin who forced four pass break ups, recorded two interceptions, and had two solo tackles, brought the team its fifth consecutive victory of the season. As a result, McGlothlin was recently named the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week.

The defensive back was happy and humble to receive the award, but viewed the personal achievement as a team award.

“Yes, it’s an individual award and I’m thankful for it, but this one is for all the Blue Hawks,” McGlothlin said. “I could not have gotten this done without the rest of the defense and without the rest of the team.”

Currently, McGlothlin has recorded a total of 16 tackles and leads the team in interceptions with three going into week six against Mayville State. The junior credited his performance to the help of head coach Pete Stanton and his assistants.

“Stanton is doing a great job, coach (Derick) VandeBossche … he’s helping out the safeties, he’s really helped me with technique as far as coach Stanton is always talking about ‘stay disciplined in your eyes, when you see a little, you see a lot on the football field. As long as you’re reading your keys, everything will fall into place and you’ll get in the right spot for the play. I think I’m being coached up really well and being put in the right spot and I’m grateful for that and I’m hoping that I can just keep it rolling.”

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McGlothlin mentioned he is happy with the opportunities that have presented themselves, and for the teammates he gets to play with. While most athletes would be satisfied with the personal award, as a true leader, he is ready to push forward and bring more success to the team throughout the remaining weeks of the 2020 season. As seen as the ‘Blue Hawk Culture.’

McGlothin has running up the defensive numbers throughout the 2020 season. (Courtesy of Dawson McGlothlin)
McGlothin has running up the defensive numbers throughout the 2020 season. (Courtesy of Dawson McGlothlin)

“I am always trying to get better and I myself have a lot to improve on which is a good thing,” he said. I’m one of those people that I’m not really ever content with where I’m at. I’m always trying to get better and honestly, that’s instilled in us by the coaching staff.

“I’m thankful that I can get better and I’m just looking forward to working hard every day and we just take it one day at a time, one game at a time, and one down at a time. We’re just going to focus on making ourselves better and myself better as a Blue Hawk,” McGlothlin added.

McGlothlin and the Blue Hawks now prepare for week six on the road against 0-3 Mayville State on Saturday. The last time the Blue Hawks played the Comets, McGlothlin finished with one tackle and one blocked pass.

“Mayville has got a good quarterback, they got three really solid receivers but our defense is disciplined,” he said. “We play hard every play and we just got a bunch of guys that just bust their tails on every down, and we try and focus on stopping them initially and that’s one of our mottos for the Blue Hawk football team and I think with the defense as a whole we got each other’s backs and we’re very disciplined and we like to hold each other accountable as well as ourselves. I think that’s one of the things that is really great about the Blue Hawk defense.”