| Phil Dawson
5-11 · 195
Dallas, Texas (Lake Highlands)
An All-American kicker ... four-year starter and letterman ... signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders following the 1998 NFL Draft, but was picked up by the Cleveland Browns in 1999 ... has pla ... finished his career with 13 Longhorn record, including the all-time marks for scoring (339), field goals (59) and field goal accuracy (59 of 79/ 74.7%) ... finished his career ranked 16th on the NCAA all-time scoring list, 12th on the NCAA all-time kick-scoring chart and 31st on the NCAA all-time field goals made list ... set a UT record by hitting 15 straight field goals in 1996-97 ... set a UT record by making six straight field goals from 50 or more yards from 1995-97 ... connected on 64.3 percent of his field goals from 40 yards and further (27 of 42) during his career ... two-time semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award ... named Longhorn team captain in 1997 ... voted second-team All-Big 12 as a senior ... earned first-team all-academic All-Big 12 honors as a senior ... named first-team All-Big 12 in 1996 ... tabbed second-team All-SWC as a sophomore ... voted first-team All-SWC as a freshman.
Started all 11 games ... voted team captain ... earned second-team All-Big 12 honors ... connected on 13-of-16 field goals (81.3 percent) and 26-of-29 PATs (89.9 percent) for a total of 65 points on the year ... kicked three field goals of 50 yards or more ... connected on a 52-yard field goal and a career-long 54-yard field goal in the season-opener against Rutgers ... connected on two field goals against Oklahoma (34-yard; 51-yard) ... scored a season-high 13 points vs. Kansas.
Tabbed first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and honorable mention All-American by Football Digest ... a consensus first-team All-Big 12 choice ... ranked first in the Big 12 and No. 8 nationally with 1.6 field goals per game ... also tied for third in the conference and 16th nationally with an average of nine points per game after he posted 108 points in 12 games ... made 19 of 24 field goals on the year ... those 19 successful field goals ranked second on the UT single-season list ... tied a UT bowl game record and matched a career-high with three field goals vs. Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl ... also kicked three field goals in the Big 12 title game vs. Nebraska and hit three FGs against Oklahoma State ... he logged a career-high 17 points in that game ... kicked a 52-yard field goal against New Mexico State ... won the AT&T Long Distance Award for that boot ... bested that effort with a key 53-yarder against Texas Tech to establish a season-high ... that strike came with 51 seconds remaining in Lubbock and put the Longhorns ahead 38-32 to force the Red Raiders to go for a touchdown as the clock expired ... was on the field for 87 special teams plays.
Was the leading scorer on the nation's 18th-ranked scoring offense ... tabbed honorable mention All-American by Football Digest ... was a consensus second-team All-SWC pick ... was the nation's 14th-ranked kick scorer at 7.2 points per game ... kicked the winning 50-yard field goal into a 20 mph headwind on the final play of the game to beat Virginia 17-16 ... made four field goals of 50 yards or more including a 52-yarder in the Sugar Bowl ... tabbed Raycom's Player of the Game and The Associated Press and Dallas Morning News' Offensive Player of the Week after the Virginia contest ... tied the Texas record for consecutive PATs made (54 in a row) at Notre Dame ... kicked a season-best 52-yarder against Texas Tech at Houston and vs. Virginia Tech ... won the AT&T Long Distance Award for the nation's longest field goal of the week against Texas Tech ... had a field goal of 50 or more yards in three straight games ... scored 12 points on six PATs and two field goals vs. Texas Tech.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (1994)
Tabbed a consensus first-team all-SWC choice ... was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award ... was the SWC's top kick scorer and the nation's top freshman kick scorer and field goal kicker ... ranked 14th nationally in scoring (8.0), 15th in field goals (1.4) and was the nation's seventh-ranked kick scorer ... made 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) field goals and all 38 of his PATs to tally 80 points ... made 14-of-15 attempts from 47 yards and in ... hit a 50-yard field goal on his first attempt as a Longhorn at Pittsburgh ... narrowly missed a 62-yard attempt vs. Texas A&M, just one week after a blood clot in his kicking leg forced him to have a vein tied off ... missed the Texas Tech game due to injury ... redshirted in 1993.
Ranked as the top placekicker in Texas ... named All-American and Southwest Region Offensive Player of the Year by SuperPrep ... kicked a 53-yard field goal with three seconds left to defeat Richardson as a senior ... hit a 52-yarder on the final play to defeat Nacogdoches in the state playoffs in 1992 ... was good on 18-of-24 field goals ... also started at offensive tackle.
Born 1/23/75 in West Palm Beach, Fla ... majored in government ... full name is Philip Drury Dawson ... was a member of the UT Athletics Director's Honor Roll in the spring of 1994 and 1995 ... was very active in Longhorn community service efforts ... was also very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... regularly speaks to local and regional church groups.
Year G FG's PATs Pts Per/G High FGs High Pts
1997 11 13-16 26-29 65 5.9 3/Kansas 13/Kansas
1996 12 19-24 51-54 108 9.0 3/2x 17/OSU
1995 12 13-20 47-49 86 7.2 3/Rice 13/Rice
1994 10 14-19 38-38 80 8.9 3/Colorado 12/Twice
Career 45 59-79 162-170 339 7.5 3/Many times 17/OSU
Year G 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Total Pct Long
1997 11 0-0 3-3 6-6 1-3 3-4 13-16 .813 54/Rutg
1996 12 0-0 4-4 4-6 9-12 2-2 19-24 .792 53/TTech
1995 12 0-0 4-5 4-5 2-4 3-6 13-20 .650 52/3x
1994 10 1-1 3-3 4-5 5-7 1-3 14-19 .737 50/Pitt
Career 45 1-1 14-15 18-22 17-26 9-15 59-79 .747 54/Pitt