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Keyunta Dawson
DE #55
Height:
6-3
Weight:
258
College:
Texas Tech
Hometown:
Shreveport, La.
Experience:
7
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 71 120 72 48 1.5 0 2 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 NO 6 3 2 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 TEN 3 3 2 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 DET 2 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 IND 16 31 19 12 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 IND 12 17 10 7 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 IND 14 42 21 21 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 IND 16 23 17 6 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 71 2 25 12.5 14 0 0 0 0 0
2013 NO 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 TEN 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 DET 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 IND 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 IND 12 1 14 14 14 0 0 0 0 0
2008 IND 14 1 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0
2007 IND 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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The Saints added Keyunta Dawson to the roster in week six of the 2013 season to add experience and veteran leadership to the club’s outside linebacker corps. Prior to joining the Saints, he appeared in two games for the Tennessee Titans on their defensive line and on special teams. In six games with the Saints he posted four tackles (two solo), half a sack and one forced fumble. He spent his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after initially entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick in 2007. In addition to his stints with the Titans in 2012 and 2013, the Shreveport native and former Texas Tech standout also spent three weeks during the 2011 campaign with the Detroit Lions.

NFL CAREER – The Saints added Keyunta Dawson to the roster in week six of the 2013 season to add experience and veteran leadership to the club’s outside linebacker corps. Prior to joining the Saints, he appeared in two games for the Tennessee Titans on their defensive line and on special teams. In six games with the Saints he posted four tackles (two solo), half a sack and one forced fumble. He spent his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after initially entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick in 2007. In addition to his stints with the Titans in 2012 and 2013, the Shreveport native and former Texas Tech standout also spent three weeks during the 2011 campaign with the Detroit Lions.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans Saints, 10/8/13; Released by Tennessee, 10/5/13; Re-signed by Tennessee to a one-year contract, 3/7/13; Placed on Reserve/Injured by Tennessee, 9/26/12; Signed by the Tennessee Titans, 1/6/12; Released by Detroit, 12/23/11; Re-signed by Detroit to a one-year contract, 11/30/11; Released by Detroit, 9/3/11; Signed by Detroit Lions, 9/3/11; Agreed to terms with Indianapolis, 7/25/07; Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

2013 – Appeared in two games for Tennessee Titans on defense and special teams and recorded no stats and then, after being picked up by New Orleans, appeared in six games and recorded four tackles (two solo), half a sack and one forced fumble. Missed final five regular season games and first postseason contest with calf injury. Returned to play in NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, and posted four tackles (two solo)….Made Saints debut at New England, Oct. 13, and recorded one tackle…Split a sack with OLB Parys Haralson and forced a key fumble that was recovered by CB Corey White at Atlanta, Nov. 21. 2012 – Played in the first three games of the season as a reserve DE for Tennessee and registered five tackles before being placed on Reserve/Injured. 2011 – Spent three weeks on Detroit Lions 53-man roster and played in two games, posting one tackle. 2010 – Played in all 16 games for Indianapolis, backing up Dwight Freeney...Recorded 17 solo tackles and one fumble recovery...Against Kansas City, Dec. 10, recovered one fumble and posted two tackles...Saw action as a reserve in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. N.Y. Jets, 1/8/11. 2009 – Played in 12 games, including two starts for Indianapolis...Recorded 14 tackles…Saw action in all three playoff contests as a reserve...Vs. Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, recorded one tackle. 2008 – Played in 14 games for Colts, starting all of them at DT...Recorded 42 tackles...Against Jacksonville, Sept. 21, set a career-high with eight tackles…Also started AFC Wild Card Playoff at San Diego, 1/3/09. 2007 – Saw action in all 16 regular season games for Indianapolis as a rookie, including four starts...At Houston, Sept. 23, posted first career sack and forced a fumble...Also opened AFC Wild Card Division Playoff vs. San Diego, 1/13/08.

COLLEGE – As a two-year starter at Texas Tech, totaled 23 starts, 164 career tackles, 25.5 tackles for losses, 19.5 sacks, three passes defensed, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown...As senior in 2006, started all 13 games and logged 63 tackles, six sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...As junior in 2005, named a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches...Graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in human development family science

PERSONAL – Attended Evangel Christian (Shreveport) HS, where he helped his team with two state championships...As a senior, logged 78 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles...Worked at a funeral home with his father as a teenager...Born Keyunta Durell Dawson on Sept. 13, 1985 in Shreveport, La.

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