The Seahawks need some talented running backs to backup starter Chris Carson in 2020. How good can DeeJay Dallas be for Seattle?
Here is the reality of the Seahawks running back room in 2020: Chris Carson should be ready by week one but is coming back from injury. His main backup, Rashaad Penny, is likely to start the season on the PUP list due to a knee injury late in 2019. Seattle needs to find capable backups to Carson. Will 2020 draftee DeeJay Dallas be that?
12th Man Rising: What are some of your favorite memories from DeeJay Dallas in college, the moments that stand out to you?
Alan Rubenstein: The two biggest moments I can remember came in losses. He had a TD run that tied Miami with VATech at 35 after they fell behind 28-0. The extra point was missed or they would have taken the lead. The other was an amazing TD run against Florida in the opener last year to put Miami ahead in the fourth quarter. Both should be available on YouTube.
12th Man Rising: What kind of teammate do you think he was and how do you think he will transition off the field to the pros?
Alan Rubenstein: DeeJay Dallas was a great teammate and leader at Miami. He helped recruit other players to the class of 2017. As a freshman that season he switched from WR to RB because Miami lacked depth after starter Mark Walton was hurt. For the last half of 2017 and all of 2018, the top two RBs for Miami were Dallas and Travis Homer.
12th Man Rising: What are some of the strengths that should help him help the Seahawks?
Alan Rubenstein: He versatile, a great leader and teammate. Dallas is an excellent runner, blocker and receiver out of the backfield and can also return kicks.
12th Man Rising: What would be some of your biggest concerns about him on the field in the NFL?
Alan Rubenstein: No concerns really standout. He’s a great leader, teammate and tough runner. He’s not likely to be a starter but will be a great roster player with the ability and willingness to help wherever he can.
12th Man Rising: What are some of the things, on the field or off the field or both, 12s might not know about DeeJay Dallas but should know?
Alan Rubenstein: He is already a parent. He’s a great leader and tough. Dallas returned a punt for a TD against Pittsburgh in 2018.