But now Dotson’s fast by any standard, thanks to a summer of resistance training with Mira Costa trainer Mo Williams that included work with bungee cords and weight vests. Morrow said Dotson, a senior, has been clocked several times at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a couple times just under 4.5. “I guess Mira Costa’s always wanted a back who can break away from everyone,” said Dotson, who had a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters at the Bay League track and field finals. “After track, I worked a lot on my speed, and I’m a lot faster this season. I ran away from a few guys in our scrimmage and against North.” Mira Costa has been fortunate with a plethora of top running backs in recent years, including 2002 Daily Breeze Player of the Year Michael Okwo, Tyler Pringle, Briton Ertman and Charles Wolfgramm. But Morrow said Dotson is creating separation from this group. “He runs from the physical standpoint like all our good backs, but he might be the fastest,” Morrow said. “Even Mike Okwo, as great as he was, wasn’t a breakaway guy. We usually don’t have a guy who can go that fast. “He wasn’t slow by any stretch of the imagination last year, he’s just at a different gear now.” Dotson has rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries in his first two games after totaling 840 yards and three touchdowns last season. But even with his improved speedwork, Dotson knows he will need to do something extra against Narbonne’s team of speedsters. “A lot of them will be just as quick if not quicker than me, so I have to use my power run game and hit them rather than trying to speed away from them,” Dotson said. “But I love our (nonleague) season. We’re playing Esperanza, Narbonne and Newport Harbor, and they’re all tremendous teams.” Dotson may not have the flash and panache of a running back like West Torrance’s Brian Baucham or Banning’s Josh Limosnero, but he’s just as effective with his combination of speed and power. “I’m not a juking back. I’m more of a downhill runner,” Dotson said. “When I get the ball, I tune out everybody and look for the hole. Once I see it, I explode through it, then I look to set up my blockers down field and look for the cutback. If there’s no hole, I just try to keep going.” Dotson is drawing lukewarm recruiting interest after attending several football camps, including ones at UCLA and USC. He said UCLA, UC Davis, Hawaii and Oregon have shown interest, but most have inquired about him for his defense. Dotson, an All-Bay League performer last season as a cornerback, admittedly prefers to be on the offensive side of the ball. “I want to try to find a school that sees me as a running back, but I know that’s hard because there are so many great running backs out there,” said Dotson, who thinks he would like to study graphic design or computer engineering in college. “I like running back because you deliver the blow on offense. I feel I have the vision to be a running back, and I’ve been doing it since I started football at age 8.” Morrow describes Dotson as a disciplined player who is polite and team-oriented, a main reason why Morrow chose Dotson to be one of the Mustangs’ captains. “He’s kind of a throwback kid,” Morrow said. “He’s very, very respectful, a real yes-sir, no-sir, no-nonsense kind of guy. He gets real good direction from his dad and mom.” His father, Arnold, is an LAPD officer whose focus is on weapons of mass destruction and counter-terrorism units. His mother, Ana, is also a foundation for him. “My dad and mom have taught me how to treat people, and I try to do so with respect,” said Dotson, who has two sisters, Amy, 20, and Ashley, 13. “I’m pretty family-oriented. I go to church with them every Sunday, we visit my grandparents every week and we have a lot of family in the area, so we hang out as a family a lot.” That carries onto the football field. “He’s very team-oriented,” Morrow said. “Whether he gets the ball 30 times or three times, he doesn’t care, as long as we’re winning.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When running back Adrien Dotson took off down the sideline and easily pulled away from the pack for a touchdown in a scrimmage against Pacifica, Morrow realized he finally found a running back with true breakaway speed. Then in the season opener against North Torrance, Dotson had a 90-yard punt return, showing off more of that blazing speed he worked so hard to harness during the offseason. Now Mira Costa will unleash Dotson on a speedy Narbonne team tonight at 7 in a South Bay showdown at Mira Costa. “He’s faster than anyone we’ve had in a while,” Morrow said. “He’s breaking away from us pretty easily at practice, but a lot of guys do against us because we’re pretty slow. But in the scrimmage against Pacifica, he got out in the open and reached a new gear. He’s definitely a gear faster than he was last year.” Dotson was fast last season, but by Mira Costa standards. PREP FOOTBALL: Mira Costa’s Dotson is running away from people this year. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER It may have just been one play in a scrimmage, but it was all Mira Costa football coach Don Morrow needed to see.