Sunday, November 19, 2006

50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #27 - SEAN DAWKINS

#27 - SEAN DAWKINS - WIDE RECEIVER (1989-1992)
Sean Dawkins is the best wide receiver in school history (which is saying something at Cal).

He's the best because he had the best combination of size, hands and speed - Dawkins stood 6'4" and was just fast enough to create separation from make corners and safeties pay after hauling in a pass.

He's the best because all he did was score touchdowns - 31 over his career, ranking him first among all Golden Bears pass catchers. Dawkins caught "only" 129 passes over his Cal career, but almost 1/4 went for scores. The fade to #86 in the corner of the end zone was a thing of beauty, and few Pac-10 corners had the size or strength to deny him the football in the red zone.

He's the best because he was a consensus All-American and scored 14 TDs in 1992, despite facing constant double teams on a bad 4-7 team.

He's the best because he always got up for Stanford, even if his teammates didn't. Twice he was named Cal's player of the game in the Big Game. He also got up for SC - his three touchdowns drove a stake in the heart of the Trojans in Cal's record 52-30 rout in 1991.

He's the best because he helped propel Cal to back-to-back bowl appearances in 1990 and 1991, and because he made an amazing TD catch in that Citrus Bowl against Clemson.

Dawkins was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played 10 years in the NFL with the Colts (1993-97), New Orleans (1998), Seattle (1999-2000), Jacksonville (2001) and Minnesota (2002), posting 445 catches for 6,291 yards and 25 TDs during his pro career.

7 Comments:

At 2:03 PM, Blogger T. said...

He also made the prettiest hitch-and-go move where he did a basketball spin move and just corkscrewed the cornerback into the ground against USC.

And the best tip-toe reception I've seen at Cal (until DJ made one a few weeks ago against Oregon State.

 
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