Shannon Dawson enters his second season as the 'Jacks' offensive coordinator after a record-setting first season. Taking over for an offense that averaged 16 points per game the year before, Dawson's new look offense transformed SFA into a high-powered unit that averaged 35 points.
Heading into the year Dawson may not have realized how quickly his troops would pick up the new look, but it didn't take long for anyone to realize that SFA had embarked on a crusade to rewrite the record books. Led by sophomore gunslinger Jeremy Moses, SFA set records at the school, conference and national levels. Moses set NCAA records for pass attempts and completions in a game, Southland Conference records for touchdown passes in a season, pass attempts and completions in a season, and a new single-season school record for completions. Senior receiver Dominique Edison set a new conference mark for touchdown receptions in a season and set new school marks for career receptions, career touchdown receptions and single-season touchdown receptions.
SFA led the league averaging 345.8 passing yards per game and was the league's most productive offense in the red zone. Moses led NCAA Division I FCS in touchdown passes and points responsible for, was second nationally in passing yards, and finished third in total offense.
Several 'Jacks were honored following the season. Senior receiver Dominique Edison earned first team All-SLC honors, while Moses, receiver Contrevious Parks, and offensive linemen Karl Glimp and Cameron Schacht earned honorable mention All-SLC honors. Edison also earned third-team Sports Network All-America honors, while Parks was an honorable mention All-America selection. In April, Edison became the program's 25th athlete to get selected in the NFL draft. He was taken in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round.
Dawson is a seven-year college coaching veteran who has made stops at Wingate, Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and most recently Millsaps College, where he served as the offensive coordinator for two seasons.
During his time at Millsaps, Dawson was the architect of an offense that produced a 15-5 (.750) overall record, won back-to-back Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, and advanced to the 2006 NCAA Division III playoffs.
Millsaps' offense averaged close to 36 points per game under Dawson and had been ranked in the top 20 in each of his two seasons, including being ranked as high as fifth in pass offense. Millsaps recorded 4,107 yards of total offense in 2006 and followed that up by recording more than 4,500 yards of total offense the following year.
Eight of Dawson's players earned all-conference recognition, including quarterback Juan Joseph, who was named the 2006 and 2007 SCAC Offensive Player of the Year. Along with Joseph, Millsaps' receiver Chris Jackson earned league special teams player of the year honors.
During his playing career, Dawson spent time at receiver and quarterback for Wingate. In 2001, he led all receivers with 43 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns, while passing for two other scores.
Dawson received his bachelor's degree from Wingate in May 2001.