BY ANDREW WHITE
FLOWERY BRANCH – Punter Dawson Zimmeman, a local kid from Brookwood High who was signed as an undrafted free agent from Clemson, was a Falcons fan growing up.
“I was somewhat of a Falcons fan growing up, especially the team that went to the Super Bowl in the 90’s,” Zimmerman said.
He has to be considered a longshot to make the team after the Falcons drafted Matt Bosher last season and he turned in a solid rookie season.
But Zimmerman gets a chance in a couple of preseason games, perhaps another team will take notice.
Ironically, Zimmerman because supporter in training camp has been tight end Michael Palmer, a Parkview and Clemson grad.
“We have a great relationship, he actually showed me around on a recruiting visit at Clemson, and got me started with the Falcons,” Zimmerman said.
Playing under coach Dabo Sweeney was one of Zimmerman’s collegiate highlights.
“Coach Sweeney is a great guy with a lot of energy.” Zimmerman said.
At Brookwood, he helped the Broncos to three region championships and a state championship appearance against Lowndes in 2005 as sophomore. He was also named first-team all-state punter by The Atlanta Journal- Constitution.
“I just always liked to kick a ball,” Zimmerman said.
Mr. White is a senior at Cumberland Christian Academy.