As a Freshman DeeJay Dallas did not become a running back until after the fourth game of the season. He was switched from wide receiver when the Miami Hurricanes lost starter Mark Walton for the season.
Dallas made the move with the Miami Hurricanes only having two scholarship players at running back after Walton went down. Travis Homer moved up to first string and earned second-team All-ACC. Trayone Gray was initially second on the depth chart but he was eventually passed by Dallas.
Dallas became more involved in the offense as the season went on. He finished the year with 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry on the ground and 23 yards on four receptions.
Over half of Dallas’ yards came in the season-ending losses to Clemson and Wisconsin. Dallas was a bright spot in a 38-3 loss to the Tigers in the ACC Championship game.
The Georgia native ran for 44 yards on six carries. Against the Badgers in the Orange Bowl Dallas had 69 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 22 yards and had a special teams tackle.
Dallas burst onto the national spotlight in the Miami Hurricanes 41-8 victory over Notre Dame. He ran for 53 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns against the Fighting Irish. He also added a tackle on special teams.