"I didn't get to play that much last year, so I just want to help the team out," Dotson said. "I wanted to play defense this year since I got bigger, stronger and faster."
Meyer likes the toughness that Dotson adds to the defense.
"He gets after it defensively," Meyer said. "He's the type of young man that is not afraid to hit. He picked up the position very fast. He wanted to make the move, we moved him and he's really settle in there well.
"He has great natural instincts, he runs to the football and he's not afraid to get his nose in there and hit someone."
Dotson's mean streak is also evident on the offensive side of the ball, with or without the ball in his hands.
"It's just amazing how that young man has a motor on him that never stops," Meyer said. "The one thing that you could always count on (last year) when you looked on the field, it didn't matter what the score was or what the situation was, Shaun Dotson was giving everything he had on every play.
"We run the veer and when the quarterback pulled the ball out, Shaun would still hit up in there as hard as he could. Sometimes he's running up there into a big defensive tackle or a big defensive end, but Shaun would always take it to them.
"He took some hits last year, but I'll tell you, he gave some out too. He just goes full bore every single time."
Dotson and the Huskies will get the chance to hit an opponent in a game that counts for the first time on Aug. 30 in Falling Rock against Scott.
Hoover will be trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Contact sportswriter Michael Dailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1735.