Lawrence Dawsey

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Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
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• Lawrence Dawsey enters his 11th season coaching wide receivers on the Florida State staff and his fourth season as co-offensive coordinator. Dawsey added passing game coordinator duties in 2010 and has been instrumental in the offensive game plan as the Seminoles have consistently had one of the nation’s best offenses over the last seven seasons.

• Dawsey has one of the most impressive playing rèsumès of any collegiate coach in the country, starring at wide receiver for the Seminoles from 1987-90 before becoming a third-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991. Dawsey enjoyed a seven-season NFL career that included Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year honors.

• Florida State’s wide receivers have prospered under Dawsey’s direction. Seven Seminole wide receivers have joined the NFL ranks in recent years, including Kelvin Benjamin, who was a first-round selection (No. 28) by the Carolina Panthers in 2014 and Rashad Greene, who was a fifth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015. In 2017, Travis Rudolph (New York Giants), Jesus Wilson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kermit Whitfield (Chicago Bears) all signed free agent contracts following the NFL Draft. In addition, Rodney Smith spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, while Kenny Shaw was on rosters with the Jaguars, Browns and Oakland Raiders before becoming a star in the Canadian Football League.

• Florida State had another banner year on offense with the assistance of Dawsey in 2016. The Seminoles finished third in the ACC in total offense (466.4), fourth in rushing offense (202.3) and sixth in passing offense (264.1). Seminole receivers combined for over 3,400 yards through the air and 23 touchdowns as redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois earned ACC Rookie and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Led by Rudolph’s 56 catches for 840 yards and seven touchdowns, the FSU receiving corps had six players with at least 25 receptions on the season and six players with at least 350 receiving yards. Sophomores Auden Tate and Nyqwan Murray made significant improvements from their freshman seasons. Tate finished second on the team with six TD receptions, along with a 16.4 yards per catch average. Murray tallied 27 receptions on the year, including a career-high nine catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns at NC State and the game-winner against Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Rudolph, an All-ACC Second Team honoree, and Wilson wrapped up tremendous careers, finishing seventh (153) and 11th (133) in FSU history in all-time receptions. In addition, running back Dalvin Cook collected unanimous All-America honors while breaking the FSU single-season (1,765 yards) and career (4,464) rushing marks.

• In 2015, Dawsey helped guide an offense that ranked near the top of the ACC in nearly every important category, including fourth in scoring offense (31.7), fourth in passing offense (255.8) and fourth in total offense (424.0). The Seminoles stayed at the top of the conference despite losing nearly their entire offense to the NFL, including the NFL Draft’s No. 1 pick (QB Jameis Winston), FSU’s career leader in receptions, the nation’s top tight end and four offensive linemen. Dawsey’s wide receiver corps stepped up as one of the most impressive units in the country as Rudolph (59 receptions, 916 yards, 7 TDs) and Kermit Whitfield (57 receptions, 798 yards, 6 TDs) each earned All-ACC Second Team accolades, while Jesus Wilson (58 receptions, 622 yards, 3 TDs) started all 13 games and provided consistency. FSU was the country’s only “Power 5” team to have three players record 55 or more receptions. The receiving trio, Cook and Johnson all return in 2016 to lead the Noles offense.

• In 2014, the Seminoles averaged 33.7 points and 441.4 total yards per game under a balanced attack that saw Winston lead the ACC with 3,907 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, while also having running back Dalvin Cook register an FSU freshman-record 1,008 rushing yards. Senior tight end Nick O’Leary caught 48 passes for 618 yards and seven touchdowns and won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.

• Greene wrapped up one of the greatest receiving careers in ACC history in 2014. He set several records in his final campaign, including single season receptions (99), career receptions (270), career receiving yards (3,830), and consecutive games with a catch (43). The career receiving yardage mark is also an ACC record. Winston’s favorite target during their two seasons together, Greene ended his Seminole career with 15 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high 203 yards in the 2014 season opener against Oklahoma State. Greene was a two-time All-ACC first team selection and an All-American in 2014.

• The 2013 season may have been the most productive for Seminole pass-catchers all-time as Greene, Benjamin and Shaw led a record-breaking offense. Greene (1,128 receiving yards) and Benjamin (1,011) became the first Florida State receivers to gain 1,000 yards in 11 years (Anquan Boldin, 1,011, 2002). The duo became just the second pair of Garnet and Gold wide receivers to cross the 1,000-yard barrier in the same season, joining E.G. Green and Andre Cooper in 1995. Greene led the Noles with 76 receptions and scored nine touchdowns en route to All-ACC first team honors. The 6-5, 234-pound Benjamin proved to be one of the nation’s most dangerous red zone threats in just his second season on the field, leading the ACC with 15 touchdown receptions, including the game-winning scoring grab in the BCS National Championship Game. He captured All-America and All-ACC honors, while Shaw snagged all-conference honors after catching 54 balls for 933 yards and six touchdowns. Florida State set the FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) in addition to the national record for points (723). FSU led the nation with 94 touchdowns, which also was a school and ACC record. Florida State’s 42 passing scores marked a school and conference record.

• In Dawsey’s role as the passing game coordinator, he and the wide receiver unit had direct roles in helping Winston complete one of the greatest seasons by a collegiate quarterback in 2013. Winston became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, while also nabbing the Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year honor and consensus All-America honors. He became the first freshman to win ACC Player of the Year honors and set the conference, FSU and national freshman record for single-season touchdown passes (40). Winston also broke the national freshman record for passing yards (4,057). Winston became FSU’s first-ever No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in 2015.

• In 2012, Greene captured SI.com honorable mention All-America honors after leading the Seminoles with 57 receptions for 741 yards and six touchdown catches.

• In 2011, six different receivers averaged better than 11 yards per reception for a passing offense that produced 25 TD receptions and 3,341 yards. Dawsey guided Greene, FSU’s leading receiver, to one of the best freshman campaigns in FSU history as he posted the second-most receptions (38), receiving touchdowns (7) and third-most receiving yards (596). He ranked among the top five freshmen nationally in receiving touchdowns.

• FSU’s wideouts also had a hand in quarterbacks Winston, Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel becoming first round NFL draft picks. Ponder was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Manuel was the first signal-caller off the board in the 2013 draft, going 16th overall to the Buffalo Bills.

• Beyond the playing field, Dawsey has established himself as one of the nation’s top recruiters. He’s picked up the Seminoles’ efforts in the Tampa area and helped FSU attract a Top 5 recruiting class in six of the last seven years, including No. 1 in 2016. In 2015, he was selected as one of the nation’s Top 25 recruiters by Rivals and one of the ACC’s Top 10 recruiters, titles he also earned in 2011 and 2012. He was also selected as one of the top 50 recruiters in the country by 247Sports in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and one of ESPN.com’s Top 25 Recruiters of the Year in 2011. He was rated among 247Sports top 100 recruiters in 2017. Additionally, Dawsey was named the 2011 ACC Recruiter of the Year by SI.com.

• Dawsey’s first coaching job came as a high school assistant at Tampa Catholic in 1998. He did not return to the sideline until serving as a training camp assistant coach with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams in 2001 and returned to the high school ranks in 2002 at Blake in Tampa.

• He spent the 2003 season as a graduate assistant on Nick Saban’s LSU staff, where he worked with Jimbo Fisher. The Tigers posted a 13-1 record and won the BCS National Championship.

• Dawsey was an integral part of the Seminole football dynasty as a player. His four seasons at wide receiver corresponded with the first four 10-win, top-five poll finishes by FSU during the dynasty era. As a player, he was known for his work ethic, accountability, precision route-running, down-field blocking and the ability to rise to the occasion in big games.

• A third-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991, Dawsey enjoyed a seven-season NFL career. He also played for the New York Giants (1996), Miami Dolphins (1997) and New Orleans Saints (1999).

• Dawsey was named the NFL Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated and named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly in 1991 after he led Tampa Bay with 55 receptions and set the club’s rookie record with 818 receiving yards. Dawsey also led the team in receptions (60) and receiving yards (776) in 1992.

• Dawsey’s family also has enjoyed success as well. His stepdaughter Dominique Arce is an FSU graduate and earned her M.D. at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. She is an anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – a Harvard University Hospital. He and his wife, Chantal, also have a son, Lawrence, Jr., who is in his second year on the FSU football team.