Football

TajDodson

  • position Defensive Back
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 203
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Union City, Ga.
  • High school Creekside

2021 – Sophomore

  • Saw action in 11 games and totaled six tackles and a PBU
  • Recorded a career-best two tackles at Louisville
  • Got his first career PBU vs. New Mexico State

2020 – r-Freshman

  • Played in five games and had two tackles
  • Missed six games with injury
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2019 – Freshman

  • Redshirt season
  • Had three total tackles in three games played
  • Had a fumble recovery vs. Florida
  • Mid-year enrollee

High School

  • A consensus three-star recruit by all the major recruiting services
  • Coached by Region 5-6A Coach of the Year Maurice Dixon
  • Had 19 returns for 737 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard score
  • Named first-team All-Region 5-6A after totaling 86 tackles, 12 PBUs, two interceptions, one sack and once forced fumble in 2018
  • Also had seven catches for 106 yards
  • Excelled in track and field, earning All-Region 1A State Track honors in 2016 and 2017 as a sprinter and high jumper
  • Ran a personal best 10.78 in the 100-meter dash
  • Chose Kentucky over Syracuse, Louisville and Ole Miss

Personal

  • First name is pronounced the same as Taj Mahal
  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Son of Terika Dodson and Alex Chapman
  • Siblings are India Paulk and Kyle Davis
  • Member Omega Psi Phi fraternity
  • Major is communication

Taj Says

  • He chose Kentucky because it’s a family vibe
  • One word to describe him on the field is “calm”
  • After his football career he would like to be a stock broker
  • The three famous people he would invite to his fantasy dinner are Nipsey Hussle, Kobe Bryant, and Donald Trump
  • If he could create a holiday he would call it “National Chicken Wing Day” and everyone would get free chicken wings
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