Dawson to Play in All-Star Gridiron Classic



Jan. 25, 2000

ORLANDO ? Tulane?s standout wide receiver JaJuan Dawson will appear in another college football all-star game, as he has been selected to play in Saturday?s All-Star Gridiron Classic.

Dawson, a 6-foot-1, senior from Gibson, La., finished his career as one of the finest receivers in school history. He was one of the nation?s top receivers during the 1999 season, as he made 96 catches for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. Dawson ranked third nationally in receptions per game (9.60) and sixth in yards per game (105.1). On the year, he had six 100-yard receiving games and five games with at least 10 catches. For his efforts, Dawson was a first team all-Conference USA receiver and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Dawson became the first Green Wave receiver to catch 90 passes in a season and is the school?s career record-holder with 31 TD catches. He also ranks second on the career charts in receptions (234) and yardage (3,048).

The All-Star Gridiron Classic is Dawson?s second college all-star game appearance. He also participated in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, where he had four catches for 57 yards. Dawson, who will compete for Team USA, was added to the roster on Monday after Miami (Ohio)?s Trevor Gaylor suffered a hamstring injury.

The second annual All-Star Gridiron Classic features some of the top seniors in college football. The format matches players from the state of Florida against players from the rest of the country. Dawson is the third Tulane player to compete in the Classic, joining defensive back Alphonso Roundtree and linebacker Brett Timmons, who played last season.

The All-Star Gridiron Classic will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.