Standout lineman and competitive veteran who looks to retain his status as the Bears' starting center this season.
2009: Started all 11 games at center in his first season at Missouri State ... Graded out at 77 percent for the season with 41 knockdowns ... Earned team Pound the Rock Award as outstanding offensive lineman for his efforts in narrow loss to South Dakota State (10/10/09) ... Helped offensive unit average 327.3 yards per game total offense.
Butler CC: A two-time NJCAA All-American at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., Dahl was part of back-to-back national NJCAA championships in 2007 and 2008 ... He was also a two-time all-Jayhawk Conference and all-Region VI selection, while helping the Grizzlies to a 23-1 record in his two seasons ... Butler's ball carriers averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored 26 touchdowns in 2008 behind its talented offensive line, while accounting for 2,332 passing yards and 23 aerial touchdowns.
High School: Was a two-year starter and letterman at Shawnee Mission Northwest High in Shawnee, Kan., where he was team captain and a second-team all-Sunflower Conference two-way performer for coach Aaron Barnett ... Also earned honorable mention all-Sun County and all-Johnson County as a senior in 2006.
Personal: Erik James Dahl was born 4/29/89 in Shawnee, Kan. ... Son of Tom and Helen Dahl of Olathe, Kan. ... Majoring in Accounting (3.38 GPA) ... Has two sisters, Ashley and Kelly