Linfield Wildcats
General Interest
June 02, 2014
Forrest named male Athlete of the Year
Past Athletes of the Year
An unquestioned leader, transcendent athlete and all-around good-natured person, football standout Dominique  Forrest has been singled out as the 2013-14 Linfield College Male Athlete of the Year.
 
“Dom's one of the more unique individuals that I've been around in all my time at Linfield, both athletically and as a leader,” said Wildcats defensive coordinator Jackson  Vaughan.
 
Overcoming devastating ankle injury from the 2012 NCAA playoffs, Forrest recoverd in time to start all 12 games last fall at inside linebacker. He totaled 96 tackles, including five sacks, had 11 other tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and had two quarterback hurries.
 
“Athletically, Dom's a tremendously gifted linebacker. Very smooth, very fast, a sure tackler who gave us so much game experience. He's as good a linebacker as we have had in my time at Linfield," said Vaughan.
 
As many of the very best athletes are able to do, Forrest's command of the game made those who shared the field with him reach their full potential, too.
 
“He was a tremendous player but he's also a tremendous person, too. His teammates really looked up to him, and the game got easier for them also because of his approach.”
 
A consensus Division III All-American, enjoyed a tremendous four-year career. The two-time Northwest Conference and West Region Defensive Player of the Year ended up sixth on Linfield's all-time total tackles list with 259 and ranks 10th in Linfield history in unassisted tackles (140) and fourth in assisted tackles (119).
 
“From a leadership standpoint, he's a guy who everyone respected and a great teammate, whether they were a starter or the last guy on the bench. He's a guy who you never find anyone to say bad word about him. Dom was always positive, always upbeat. He liked big games but his demeanor never changed, no matter if it was a game in the middle of the year or a playoff game.”

Linfield's Athletes of the Year were selected based on a vote of the athletic department's head coaches.
 
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Dominique Forrest
Universally respected by teammates, coaches
Linfield Sports Communication
Kelly Bird
Director of Sports Information

Linfield College
McMinnville, OR 97128
Email: kbird@linfield.edu
Phone: 503-883-2439
Katherine Brackmann
Assistant Director - External Relations

Email: kbrackm@linfield.edu
Phone: 503-883-2372