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Dawson leaving Huskers for NFL

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Nebraska defensive line coach Mike Dawson is leaving the Huskers after one season to take a job with the NFL's New York Giants.
Nate Clouse

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost confirmed on Monday afternoon that defensive line coach Mike Dawson would be leaving his staff to take a job with the New York Giants.

Dawson will serve as the Giants' new outside linebackers coach.

“Coach Dawson informed me late last week he had chosen to accept a coaching position with the New York Giants," Frost said in a statement. "Mike has been a key part of our staff the past three seasons at Nebraska and UCF. He is a man of great character, an outstanding teacher, relates well to players and is a tremendous asset for any coaching staff.

“When you are fortunate to have outstanding coaches on your staff, they are going to have other opportunities in this profession. We will miss Coach Dawson, but wish him and his family the best as he takes the next step in his career with the Giants.”

Dawson joined Frost's staff at Central Florida in 2016 and then followed him to Lincoln in December of 2017. Prior to UCF, he spent three seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

While he's served as Frost's defensive line coach the past three seasons, Dawson worked with linebackers in his first two coaching jobs at New Hampshire and Akron and was a three-year starter at linebacker for UMass-Amherst.

The Giants officially announced Dawson's hiring along with former Rutgers and North Carolina cornerbacks coach Henry Baker on Monday.

“We are thrilled to add Mike and Henry to our coaching staff,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “They are both outstanding teachers, communicators, and motivators. They are also great people, and we look forward to both of them contributing to our success.”