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Jonathan Dwyer, running back, has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers to play in 2010. He has the opportunity, he just needs to take advantage of it.
In a hurting Steelers running game, Dwyer may very well be the answer that the Steelers are looking for to improve their situation. 2009 proved to be a season that lacked offensive rushing. Art Rooney II made it clear that he wasn’t pleased that the coaching staff had gotten so far from what he believes to be the staple of Steelers football; a ground and pound running game.
Dwyer had impressive stats while he played at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lost only two regular season games last year, and they faced Big Ten force, the Iowa Hawkeyes, in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Granted, they lost the post-season game, but the fact that they got there riding on a wave of success says a lot. Dwyer put up 100-yard games seven times in 2009. He was close to that mark in three other games. His biggest rushing game was against Wake Forest where he had 189 rushing yards and a touchdown. His longest run was for 74 yards against Jacksonville State.
In 2007 (his freshman year), Dwyer posted 87 rushing attempts with 436 yards and 9 touchdowns. His longest run that year was for 65 yards. He had 2 receptions for 17 yards total.
In 2008, Dwyer had a breakout year. He posted 200 rushing attempts with 1,395 yards and 12 touchdowns. His longest run was for 88 yards. He also stepped up his receiving yards with 209 total, an average of 26.1 yards per catch, and a touchdown. He made an impressive catch that turned into a 79 yard gain.
In 2009, Dwyer settled into the running game again, posting 235 attempts with 1,395 yards and 14 touchdowns. His longest run was for 74 yards.
In the three years that Dwyer played for the Yellow Jackets, he never fumbled the ball. Not once.
That says a lot. Being able to protect the ball is an asset to any team, but the Steelers would love to have that kind of back breaking tackles and diving through offensive linemen.
In an interview on Steelers.com, Dwyer said, “I want the Steelers organization to know they had a great pick and won’t regret it.” When asked how he felt he could compliment the Steelers backfield with Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, Dwyer answered, “I can be all different types of a back, the complete back that everybody wants. If they need me to be the third down guy and catch the ball I can do that…It can be a great three-headed monster.” Dwyer admitted that he felt the strengths he brings to the Steelers are, “durability, physicality and deceptive breakaway speed.”
As a fan, I can’t wait to see Dwyer on the field cutting across defensive spreads like butter. Every time a linebacker or defensive back falls trying to catch him will make me smile. Dwyer has the personality of a gentleman and the heart of a lion. His combine wasn’t as successful as he would have liked it to be due to having a broken toe. He obviously overcame the obstacle enough to prove himself to the Steelers.
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