The Knights football team has been piecing together its coaching staff for the past two months. Friday, they got another piece of that puzzle as head coach Scott Frost named Mike Dawson as the defensive line coach.

“There’s a lot of excitement around UCF right now, and it has been helping us attract some exceptional football coaches,” Frost said in a press release. “Mike Dawson comes to us with extensive NFL and college football experience. He also is very familiar with (defensive coordinator Erik) Chinander and his scheme that he is going to implement. Mike is a great addition to our staff and we look forward to working with him.”

Dawson is the third new member of the 2016 Knights coaching staff to have served as an assistant under Chip Kelly, joining defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and offensive line coach Greg Austin.

In Philadelphia, Dawson served as the assistant defensive line coach for the Eagles. In 2014, the Eagles defensive line was fifth in the NFL in opponents yards per rush.

Dawson attended college at UMass-Amherst and was a three-year starter as a linebacker and defensive end from 1994-96. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1997. After graduation, Dawson started his coaching career as a defensive line coach in the spring of 1998 for UMass-Lowell.


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