AARON DOBSON

Wide Receiver

Marshall University Thundering Herd

#3

6:02.5-203

Dunbar, West Virginia

South Charleston High School

 

OVERVIEW

Dobson is a model of consistency, having recently completed his third season with at least 40 receptions and 675 receiving yards. He is a natural hands catcher who has impressed professional scouts with his explosive open field acceleration and the fluid moves he displays throughout the route’s progression.

 

The thundering Herd receiver’s success as a deep threat is due to the array of moves and fakes he can execute to fool the defender, along with his sudden burst out of his breaks to create separation and challenge the deep portion of the secondary. With his savvy open field moves, he can easily set up the defender and it is rare to see him false step, as he is quick to gobble up the cushion and get behind his coverage assignment.

 

Dobson is a highly intelligent route runner, very astute to details, doing an especially good job of working back to the quarterback when the pocket is pressured. He has very good body control, showing excellent balance keeping his feet when catching near the sidelines. He times his leaps and gets to the ball at its high point. He has also developed into an effective crack blocker for the running game and is “one tough cookie” locating and stalking second level defenders.

 

With his versatility, having started at both the “Z” and “X” receiver positions, Dobson has become very effective at moving the chains, along with being a crowd favorite for his diving, one-handed catches that seemed nearly impossible to make. Evidence of that ability came in 2011, when a sensational grab that he made vs. East Carolina was named a finalist for ESPN’s College Play of the Year.

 

That day, Dobson dazzled fans with a four-catch, 110-yard performance that saw him race to the end zone with a 77-yard scoring pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage and a leaping, one-hand, backhanded 13-yard scoring grab just before halftime that became a viral social media sensation almost immediately.

 

The receiver would close out his career with 165 catches, the school’s tenth-ranked total on their record chart. His 2,398 yards receiving placed ninth and his 24 touchdown grabs are tied for fourth in school annals. In 47 games for the Thundering Herd, Dobson would produce seven 100-yard receiving performances. In eighteen of those contests, he would record at least one touchdown catch.

 

Prior to enrolling at Marshall in 2009, Dobson attended South Charleston High School, where he was teammates with former Virginia Tech All-American and 2012 NFL Draft first round tailback David Wilson, of the New York Giants. He lettered three times on the grid-iron, adding three more with the basketball team and one with the track squad.

 

As a sophomore and junior, Dobson helped the football team to a pair of runner-up finishes for the state Class AAA title. He would go on to record 108 receptions, 2,365 yards and 32 touchdowns on offense and he also had ten interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns as a defensive back during his career.

 

 

Dobson’s finest season came during his senior year, when he pulled down 45 tosses for 1,298 yards and seventeen touchdowns as a flanker. He also intercepted seven passes as a defensive back. That performance for the 2008 MSAC Championship team and West Virginia Class AAA State Championship, which finished with a 14-0 record earned the two-way standout First-team Class AAA All-State, All-MSAC and Kanawha Valley Player of the Year honors. He was also the runner-Up in Kennedy Award voting for State Player of the Year accolades.

 

Dobson would conclude his football career by participating for the 2009 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

The West Virginia native was also a two-time first-team All-State and All-MSAC selection in basketball, where he garnered 2008-2009 MSAC Player of the Year recognition.

 

As a true freshman at Marshall, Dobson appeared in twelve games, starting twice at flanker. He ended the campaign with fifteen catches for 362 yards (24.13 ypc), finding the end zone four times with those grabs. He also chipped in three tackles as a member of the Herd’s kickoff and punt coverage units.

 

The following season, Dobson took over split end duties, starting all twelve games. He led the Herd with 44 receptions for 689 yards (15.66 ypc) and five touchdowns. He added two first downs on a pair of carries for 18 yards and posted a pair of 100-yard receiving efforts. His five touchdown grabs came over a course of four games.

 

As a junior, Dobson earned All-Conference USA consideration, as the split end again started all season, leading the team for the second consecutive year with 49 receptions for 668 yards. His total of twelve touchdowns, tied for seventh on the school season-record chart, was spread out over eight games, as he twice went over 100 receiving yards.

 

Dobson was primed for a banner senior season, but he suffered a right knee sprain early in the Memphis clash, missing most of that contest and sitting out two more entire games before returning for the season finale. In nine starts, he finished third on the squad with a career-best 57 catches for 679 yards (11.91 ypc), but the team’s “scoring machine” as a junior was held to three touchdowns as a senior.

 

CAREER NOTES

Dobson started 36-of-47 games played in for Marshall – 34 at split end and his first two as a flanker…Ranks tied for eighth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players with 165 receptions, a figure that placed him tenth on the school all-time-record list…The senior also finished his career ninth in school history with 2,398 yards receiving…His 24 touchdown catches tied Troy Brown (1991-92) for fourth on the Thundering Herd’s all-time record chart, topped by just Randy Moss (53; 1996-97), Darius Watts (47; 2000-03) and Mike Barber (26; 1985-88)…Scored at least once via a reception in eighteen games and produced seven 100-yard receiving performances…Dobson scored 144 points, adding 19 yards on three carries (6.33 ypc) and also saw brief action on defense and special teams, where he recorded six tackles (3 solos) and deflected one pass.

 

2012 SEASON

A member of The NFL Draft Report’s Super Sleeper Team, a group that features the most underrated prospects at each position, Dobson added second-team All-Conference USA honors, as the split end started the Herd’s first nine games before suffering a right knee sprain early in the Memphis clash…Would miss the bulk of that game and the team’s next two appearances, vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Houston before returning to the field for the season finale vs. East Carolina…Was limited to only three touchdowns while ranking third on the club with a career-high 57 receptions for 679 yards (11.91 ypc)…Also had an assisted tackle in the Tulsa tilt…Grabbed at least five passes in six starting assignments, as the team captain opened the season with 72 yards on four grabs before injuring his hip vs. West Virginia…Came back to snare nine balls for 81 yards and a score vs. Western Carolina and then tallied a career-best eleven receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown vs. Ohio University…In addition to posting an assisted tackle, Dobson caught ten throws for 128 yards vs. Tulsa. Flanker Antavious Wilson also finished the game with 123 yards, giving the Herd their first receiving tandem to each gain 100 yards in the same game since Chuck Walker (119) and Cody Slate (114) did it vs. Southern Illinois on September 5th, 2009…He then had back-to-back five-reception performances, gaining 63 yards vs. Southern Mississippi and 68 yards in the Central Florida contest…His final game saw the receiver make four grabs for 61 yaerds and a touchdown vs. East Carolina.

 

2011 SEASON

Dobson earned All-Conference USA first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, as the split end started all thirteen games, going on to lead the Herd for the second consecutive season, pulling down 49 balls for 668 yards (13.63 ypc)and twelve touchdowns…His twelve scoring grabs tied Keith Baxter (1987) and Darius Watts (2002) for seventh place on the school season-record list, as he spread those scoring grabs out over the course of eight games. Randy Moss (28 in 1996 and 25 in 1997), Watts (18 in 2001), Troy Brown (16 in 1992), James Williams (13 in 1999) and Brian Dowler (13 in 1991) are the Marshall players ahead of Dobson on the seasonal touchdown chart…Carried once for a 1-yard gain vs. Houston, made one solo tackle vs. Central Florida and deflected a pass in the Virginia Tech clash…Scored twice vs. Southern Mississippi behind seven catches for 69 yards and gained 103 yards with a score on five grabs vs. Virginia Tech…Two of his four catches vs. Houston were good for touchdowns and he had two more scores on four snatches for 110 yards in the season finale vs. East Carolina…Was named the Most Valuable Player in the Herd’s 20-10 victory over Florida International in the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl. During that contest, Dobson hauled in two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards, including a game-clinching 35-yarder with just 30 seconds remaining, finishing the day with 81 yards on seven receptions.

 

2010 SEASON

Dobson took over split end duties, as the red-shirt sophomore started all twelve games… Led the Herd with 44 receptions for 689 yards (15.66 ypc) and five touchdowns, adding 18 yards on two carries, including a 17-yarder vs. Southern Methodist, as he also snared six passes for 57 yards…Made four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, as he recorded a solo tackle vs. Texas-El Paso…Generated 120 yards on four receptions that included an electrifying 96-yard touchdown vs. West Virginia. His 96-yarder ranks third on the school record list behind the record 99-yard grab by Everett “Boot” Elkins from Andy D’Antoni vs. Virginia Tech in 1939, and another 99-yarder by Troy Brown from Todd Donnan vs. Virginia Military Institute in 1991…Had another monster game vs. Central Florida, grabbing five passes for 119 yards and two scores.

 

2009 SEASON

Dobson saw limited action until late in the season when his role expanded, finishing with fifteen receptions for 362 yards (24.13 ypc) and four touchdowns…Spent the season mostly backing up Wayne Bonner at flanker, seeing action in twelve games…Also made three tackles…His first career receptions were two grabs for 47 yards vs. Memphis and his first touchdown catch came on three snatches for 52 yards vs. Southern Mississippi…Had four catches for 127 yards and a pair of scores the following week vs. Southern Methodist and scored again in his next game, finishing with 61 yards on four snares vs. Texas-El Paso.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Suffered a hip contusion in the season opener vs. West Virginia (9/01)…

Sat out the Alabama-Birmingham (11/10) and Houston (11/17) contests and missed most of the Memphis clash (11/03) after he suffered a right knee sprain making a 4-yard catch in the first quarter vs. the Tigers.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.33 in the 40-yard dash…1.47 10-yard dash…2.51 20-yard dash…4.09 20-yard shuttle…

11.25 60-yard shuttle…6.92 three-cone drill…33-inch vertical jump…9’9” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…33 ½-inch arm length…8 ½-inch hands…79-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Dobson attended South Charleston (W.V.) High School, where he was teammates with former Virginia Tech All-American and 2012 NFL Draft first round tailback David Wilson, of the New York Giants, on the U.S. Under-19 National Team…Lettered three times on the gridiron, adding three more with the basketball team and one with the track squad…As a sophomore and junior, Dobson helped the football team to a pair of runner-up finishes for the state Class AAA title….Had 108 receptions, 2,365 yards and 32 touchdowns on offense and he also had ten interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns as a defensive back during his career…His finest season came during his senior year, when he pulled down 45 tosses for 1,298 yards and seventeen touchdowns as a flanker…Also intercepted seven passes as a defensive back…That performance for the 2008 MSAC Championship team and West Virginia Class AAA State Championship, which finished with a 14-0 record earned the two-way standout First-team Class AAA All-State, All-MSAC and Kanawha Valley Player of the Year honors…Runner-Up in Kennedy Award voting for State Player of the Year accolades…Concluded his football career by participating for the 2009 USA Football U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio…Two-time first-team All-State and All-MSAC selection in basketball, where he garnered 2008-2009 MSAC Player of the Year recognition…Member of the Junior National Honor Society.

 

PERSONAL

General Studies major…Son of Angie and Bobby Dobson…Born in 1991…Resides in Dunbar, West Virginia.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2009 12 02   15      362 24.13  04    48  1.25      30.17
2010 12 12   44      689 15.66  05    48  3.67      57.42
2011 13 13   49      668 13.63  12    77  3.77      51.38
2012 10 09   57      679 11.91  03    40  5.70      67.90
TOTAL 47 36 165    2398 14.53  24    96  3.51      51.02

 

RUSHING STATISTICS DEFENSIVE STATISTIVS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR PBU
2009  00      000  0.00  00    00  03  01  02  00  00
2010  02      018  9.00  00    17  01  01  00  00  00
2011  01      001  1.00  00    01  01  01  00  00  01
2012  00      000  0.00  00    00  01  00  01  00  00
TOTAL  03      019  6.33  00    17  06  03  03  00  01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOBSON GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

West Virginia 09/01/12 at West Virginia 34-69

Yes

4

72

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Western Caro. 09/08/12 Western Caro. 52-24

Yes

9

81

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio 09/15/12 Ohio 24-27

Yes

11

94

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Rice 09/22/12 at Rice 54-51

Yes

5

66

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Purdue 09/29/12 at Purdue 41-51

Yes

3

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulsa 10/06/12 Tulsa 38-45

Yes

10

128

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 10/20/12 at Southern Miss. 59-24

Yes

5

63

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/27/12 UCF 17-54

Yes

5

68

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Memphis 11/03/12 Memphis 38-28

Yes

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 11/10/12 at UAB 31-38

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 11/17/12 Houston 44-41

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 11/23/12 at East Carolina 59-65

Yes

4

61

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

57

679

3

3

18

1

0

0

0

0

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

PBU

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

West Virginia 09/04/11 at WVA 13-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

6

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 09/10/11 USM 26-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

7

69

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio 09/17/11 at Ohio 7-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

51

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 09/24/11 Virginia Tech 10-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

103

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

1

Louisville 10/01/11 at Louisville 17-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/08/11 at UCF 6-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

33

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Rice 10/15/11 Rice 24-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 10/22/11 at Houston 28-63

Yes

1

1

0

1

0

4

20

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 10/29/11 UAB 59-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

61

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulsa 11/12/11 at Tulsa 17-59

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

65

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Memphis 11/17/11 at Memphis 23-22

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 11/26/11 ECU 34-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

110

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

FIU 12/20/11 FIU 20-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

7

81

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

1

0

1

0

49

668

12

12

72

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ohio St. 09/02/10 at Ohio St. 7-45

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/10/10 WVA 21-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

120

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Bowling Green 09/18/10 at BGSU 28-44

Yes

1

1

0

1

0

6

51

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio 09/25/10 Ohio 24-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

72

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 10/02/10 at USM 16-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

6

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/13/10 UCF 14-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

119

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 10/23/10 at ECU 10-37

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UTEP 10/30/10 UTEP 16-12

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

60

1

1

6

0

1

0

0

0

UAB 11/06/10 at UAB 31-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

74

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Memphis 11/13/10 Memphis 28-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

54

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SMU 11/20/10 at SMU 17-31

Yes

1

17

0

17

0

6

57

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulane 11/27/10 Tulane 38-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

18

0

18

0

44

689

5

5

30

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Southern Ill. 09/05/09 Southern Ill. 31-28

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 09/12/09 at Virginia Tech 10-52

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Bowling Green 09/19/09 Bowling Green 17-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Memphis 09/26/09 at Memphis 27-16

Yes

2

47

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 10/03/09 East Carolina 17-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulane 10/10/09 at Tulane 31-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 10/17/09 at West Virginia 7-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 10/24/09 UAB 27-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 11/01/09 at UCF 20-21

Yes

2

75

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 11/14/09 Southern Miss. 20-27

Yes

3

52

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

SMU 11/21/09 SMU 34-31

Yes

4

127

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

UTEP 11/28/09 at UTEP 21-52

Yes

4

61

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio 12/26/09 at Ohio 21-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

Season Totals

15

362

4

4

24

2

1

0

0

0

 

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