Jahan Dotson reflects on returning to Penn State for senior season: 'I wasn't ready for the NFL'
Jahan Dotson is preparing for the NFL Combine after returning to Penn State for his senior season in 2021. That decision to come back is one he is appreciative of after an impressive campaign.
During the shortened 2020 season, Dotson really burst onto the scene with 52 catches for 884 yards and 8 touchdowns in just 6 games played. Faced with the chance to turn pro, Dotson came back to Penn State for one more year.
It paid off with Dotson posting career-high marks across the board while leading Penn State with 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished with the 2nd-most catches in a season by a Nittany Lions player all-time and set the single-game receiving yardage record with 242 vs. Maryland.
Dotson reflected on that extra year in school Wednesday and also thanked his coaches for getting him ready for the NFL:
“I think it helped me tremendously,” Dotson said in reference to the 2021 season. “I was a young junior, I wasn’t ready for the NFL.
“This previous year, I’d like to thank my coaches, my training staff just preparing me and getting me ready to be a pro. They really pushed me every single day in the weight room, the classroom, and the meeting room.”
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It will be interesting to see how Dotson grades out during the NFL Combine this week. He remains a strong prospect for the draft in April with PFF including him as a first-round pick on their latest mock draft.