Crawford returns 'home' for final collegiate football season at USM

Dashawn Crawford (36) of Bay Springs breaks through the line of scrimmage during a game against Boston College.

A local football player has made his way back home to the Magnolia State.

Dashawn Crawford completed an outstanding high school career in 2016 at Bay Springs High School. He then played at Jones College for the Bobcats before landing a Division 1 offer at Virginia Tech, where he played successfully in 2019 and 2020 for the Hokies on defense.

Now, the 6’/290 lb. defensive lineman has elected, as a graduate transfer, to play for the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

Among the other notable avenues Crawford has been through during his football playing days, this is one he describes as a “dream come true.”

Crawford, as a young child, always wanted to wear the black and gold for USM.

“I’ve dreamed about it since I was a kid,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

He went on to explain the drive distance from Virginia Tech (10 hours) was a hamper on him and his family, and he also mentioned that he thought incoming USM head coach Will Hall will bring a new phase to Golden Eagles football.

“Driving back-and-forth ten hours got to be a lot, and I wanted to come back close to home,” Crawford said. “And, I feel like Coach Hall is going to turn the program around (at USM). I feel like I can do something here.”

With Virginia Tech, Crawford battled an injury all season in 2020, playing in eight games and recording four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. In 2019, he started 11 games for the Hokies and recorded 27 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.

Dashawn is the son of Jerry and Linda Crawford of Bay Springs. He studied criminology at Virginia Tech.