The waiting ends for Dawson Knox tonight.
The Brentwood Academy senior played behind one of the Midstate’s top quarterbacks last season, but he will be the starter tonight at Memphis University School.
Tyler Swafford, who passed for 2,432 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, is a freshman at Eastern Kentucky.
“(Dawson) is as talented as anybody we’ve had since I’ve been here,” BA coach Cody White said. “He can do anything you want him to do. He’s going to be able to run the ball really well, but he can throw it, too.”
Knox learned a lot from Swafford last season as the latter led the Eagles (8-4) to the Division II-AA semifinals.
“It was great for him to get those reps and see what Tyler did to get himself ready for a game and lead the team,” White said. “He played some receiver so he has a lot of familiarity with the offense, so that was good for him.”
Knox won a battle with Jeremiah Oatsvall, Gavin Schoenwald and Thomas Swafford for the starting job.
Knox (6-4, 215) has little game experience at quarterback, but already has offers from Air Force, Austin Peay and Cornell, according to 247 Sports.
“As far as the physical tools, I don’t know anybody in the state who has any better ones than him,” White said. “He’s pretty good. He’s not been on video. Until people see him, we’ll just see what happens. He’s been offered a preferred walk-on at Vanderbilt. I think he’ll have multiple offers before it’s all done.”
The Eagles lost their top receiver when Notre Dame commitment C.J. Sanders moved to California during the offseason. BA’s receiving corps is young.
Knox may be tested in his debut as he faces a team that finished second in the state behind Ensworth last year with a 10-3 record.