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7 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Cedric Dozier

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In which BracketCat counts down the seventh day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Cedric Dozier.

Cedric Dozier arrives at K-State as one of the most experienced college players in the secondary. But how quickly can he pick up the Wildcats' schemes?
Cedric Dozier arrives at K-State as one of the most experienced college players in the secondary. But how quickly can he pick up the Wildcats' schemes?
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#7 Cedric Dozier
Redshirt Senior
5-10 | 180
Roanoke, Ala.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: University of California

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Cedric D. Dozier (b. Feb. 5, 1993) is a fifth-year cornerback who graduated and transferred from California to seek more playing time. He did not enroll in time for spring practices, but could compete immediately for a starting spot.

A highly touted prospect out of high school who graduated from Cal and is immediately eligible for his senior year, Dozier saw extensive action throughout his career and will compete for a starting spot at cornerback in 2016.

A three-year starter at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington, under head coach Dave Miller, Dozier was regarded as the best cornerback in Washington and the 24th best nationally in the class of 2012 by Scout.com.

Dozier also was rated the 12th-best athlete in the country and the fourth-best player in the state of Washington by Rivals.com. He participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season.

He led his team to an 11-1 record as a senior and played cornerback all three seasons while also playing primarily at wide receiver as a senior in 2011, after spending his sophomore and junior campaigns as a quarterback.

Dozier totaled 28 receptions for 479 yards and five touchdown catches, in addition to 34 rushes for 291 yards and three scores as a senior. He also had a huge campaign on the ground as a junior, with 1,223 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 183 rushes, and he was 91 of 142 for 1,181 yards throwing, with 13 scores through the air.

Dozier played in 34 career games for the Golden Bears, with 16 starts, totaling 80 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, nine passes defended and a forced fumble, despite originally committing to Cal as a wide receiver.

He enjoyed the best season of his career as a sophomore in 2014, when he started 12 games, recording 52 tackles and five pass breakups, including a season-high eight tackles at Arizona and two breakups at Oregon State.

He also had seven tackles at Washington State and vs. Oregon, and two tackles against both Colorado and USC.

Dozier started the final four contests of his redshirt freshman season in 2013, recording a season-high five tackles in the first start of his career against Arizona. He also earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic honors.