SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Even when sitting out of practice to get extra rest before game day, Dawson Muggy isn't one for the sideline
"I’d rather be out there with my teammates practicing,” Muggy said.
Muggy knows playing time is earned, not given. The Thurston junior spent a lot of time just watching last season, doing anytrhiing he could to get on the field.
“Throughout the kind of start of the season where I wasn't seeing as much playing time I was getting on scout teams and trying to help the team as much as I could for my role,” Muggy said.
He got the coaching staff's attention. Muggy's role increased in the second half of the season. he's turned into Thurston’s swiss-army knife playing defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback.
"He just adapts to any position, any role he takes on this team,” head coach Justin Starck said. “He just works so hard that he's going to make it work no matter what. "
Others have noticed as well. Muggy got his first offer to play college football at Lewis and Clark University.
"I broke down in tears,” Muggy said. “It's so emotional for me and my family knowing how hard I worked for this. hopefully work to get more."
it's the mentality of never being satisfied which Muggy will carry past Thurston.
"Normally when you're a two or three you're doing the hunting versus being the hunted as a starter,” Muggy said. “You definitely got to play with a chip on your shoulder. I think just kind of doing your best and accepting your role can kind of benefit you in some ways like it did last year."