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WR Jahan Dotson draws comparison to Heisman Trophy winner

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Jahan Dotson was very impressive last season, but as we pointed out in January, the sure-handed and electrifying receiver deserves more respect than he gets. We found someone who agrees in Jim Nagy, the Senior Bowl’s executive director.

Dotson is 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds. He doesn’t have great size for a receiver, which could be an issue for some NFL scouts when he’s preparing for the draft next year.

However, Nagy made an interesting point below as he compared Dotson to last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith from Alabama.

Smith is 6-0 and 170 pounds, so certainly similar in size to Dotson. Smith had a sensational season for the Tide in 2020, with 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 TDs to earn the Heisman Trophy. He was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

DeVonta Smith

Size has not been an issue for Smith — on the field or for scouts. Size also has never been an issue on the field for Dotson at PSU, since, as Nagy wrote, he “plays plenty big.”

Dotson caught 52 passes for 884 yards and eight TDs last season. He figures to be in line for a much, much more productive senior season as the No. 1 receiver in Mike Yurcich’s explosive offense.

Dotson has extremely high goals for himself, which he explained earlier this year.

“Every day I go to meetings, I write on the top of my notebook “be legendary.” That’s one thing I want to preach this year is just being legendary and leaving my mark on Penn State football and college football as a whole,” Dotson said.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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