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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dawson Weber, S, North Dakota State

Dawson Weber the safety from North Dakota State recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds.
Dawson Weber the safety from North Dakota State recently sat down with Evan Willsmore from NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Dawson Weber
  • Position: Safety
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 193 lbs
  • School: North Dakota State University (NDSU)
  • Level: Division I FCS – Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)
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Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

My experience at North Dakota State has been tremendous. My professors have continued to be encouraging and helpful during my time at NDSU. I graduated in May with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Emergency Management. My connection with former President Dean Bresciani and current Athletic Director Matt Larsen is something I thought would not be possible, but the support from the faculty and administrators throughout campus is exceptional. I have been involved in numerous community service opportunities involving TNT Fitness, elementary school readings, Fargo-Moorhead homeless shelters, and football camps for the youth. 

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What do your teammates say is your best quality?

I believe my teammates would say my passion and enthusiasm for the game of football is my best quality. The competitive nature in me pushes my teammates each and every day. My positivity spreads throughout my team which provides great energy. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I believe I can fill into nickel/dime packages with my length and athleticism to be able to cover in the slot and range out to make plays. I feel ranging out in coverage and having visual eyes on the quarterback in zone coverages will allow me to use my ball skills to create turnovers. I believe I can hold my own in the run game. I am always ready to make the big play and keep or gain the momentum for my team. My immediate goal is to impact on special teams whether that be on kickoff, punt, punt d, or kickoff return. I will do whatever it takes to provide me with the best opportunity to help a team win.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

Christian Watson everyday at practice. He is the freakiest athlete I have ever seen. I always knew he would make a name for himself and I know he will continue to thrive at the next level. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Zach Mathis. He has a long 6’6” frame, but can run routes like a shorter slot receiver. He has great hands and body control to make contested catches. I am excited to see him make a leap this season. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

During my time in high school I had 4 different head coaches for baseball and 3 different head coaches for football. Having to learn new systems and build new relationships was difficult, but it made me a better player today and blessed me with the ability to gain important relationships and bonds. Going 0-10 my senior year of high school then fast forwarding to a 4x National Champion is something I never would have dreamed of. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

I would have to say baseball. I played baseball since I was about 4 through high school. I enjoy everything about the game.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I am most proud of earning a full ride scholarship to play for a historical program. I told my parents when I was in 7th grade that they would not have to pay for my college and I worked hard to earn that. My biggest achievement is winning 4 National Championships at NDSU thus far.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

My most memorable play of my collegiate career would have to be my interception in the 2021 National Championship game vs Montana State. The atmosphere was electric and I had a bunch of family members in the crowd supporting. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite athlete is Devin Hester. The 2006 Super Bowl opening kickoff is one of my favorite memories of watching sports. My favorite team is the Chicago Bears. I have always grown up a Bears fan because my great Uncle, Rich Kreitling, played for them and Lance Briggs is from my hometown. I watch film on players like Eddie Jackson and Kevin Byard because of their ball skills and disguises in coverage to bait quarterbacks into interceptions. I love watching clips of Ed Reed ranging from sideline to sideline to make big time plays. 

What gets you “pumped up” before a game?

I like to listen to Cali Vibes by Larry Smith before games. 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

I like to play video games and watch movies. I play Frisbee Golf with some of my teammates. 

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?

I play football because of the team chemistry it requires to reach maximum potential. Everybody coming together and working hard for a common goal is what I love most. Playing for the guy next to me is more important than anything. The bond and brotherhood gained through football is a lifetime connection. The greatest teams share the greatest connections. I am motivated most by my family. I want nothing more than to succeed because of all they have done for me throughout the years.

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