Enters season as Army's most experienced signal caller ... fended off several challenges to retain starting job this spring ... expected to fight for job again during preseason camp ... opened each of his first three campaigns as reserve, yet drew bulk of field duty by each season's end ... heady quarterback ... accurate thrower with excellent field vision ... stands strong in pocket ... hard-nosed competitor ... slight build belies toughness ... not afraid to take a hit ... boasts natural "feel" for game ... excellent decision-maker under fire ... adept at finding open receiver in traffic ... thrives under pressure ... added valued creativity outside of pocket this spring ... improved mobility and "escapability" dramatically ... not afraid to tuck ball and run when situation warrants ... true student of game ... also increased overall strength with solid offseason regimen ... three-year letterman.
Milestones: Holds Academy's career passing records for completions (464), attempts (885) and 200-yard games (11) ... broke completion and 200-yard game standards in home finale versus UAB last fall ... claimed attempts mark versus Navy ... second quarterback in Army history to eclipse 5,000 career passing yards when he reached milestone versus Midshipmen ... enters final campaign with 5,040 aerial yards ... stands just 462 markers shy of equaling Leamon Hall's career record of 5,502 passing yards ... threw for 1,767 yards in 2004 ... that figure ranks fifth on school's single-season list ... garnered 1,000 passing yards during each of first three years ... first Black Knight to accomplish that feat during each of first three seasons ... joins Hall as only Army signal callers to have thrown for 1,000 yards in three campaigns ... tied Hall's Academy record by compiling 200 or more passing yards in four successive games (TCU, Cincinnati, USF and East Carolina) last fall ... narrowly missed running string to seven games when 192-yard passing effort versus Air Force temporarily halted streak ... followed with two consecutive 200-yard aerial efforts ... stands second, behind Hall, on career touchdown passes chart (25) ... needs 13 scoring strikes to reach Hall's standard of 38 ... lists second on career total offense ladder (4761) ... needs 764 yards to break Hall's career record of 5,524 ... averaged 220.9 passing yards per game last season to set new Army single-season record ... first Black Knight signal caller to top 200-yard per-game milestone ... set Academy single season passing record with 2,234 yards in 2003 ... holds 14 Academy passing records on game, season and career levels ... within striking distance of several other career marks ... also owns trio of Army-Navy series standards.
2004: Started season's final eight games after not appearing in opening three contests ... connected on 145 of 265 pass attempts for 1,767 yards ... all three figures stand fifth on Army's single-season charts ... tossed nine touchdowns and seven interceptions ... registered six 200-yard passing efforts to establish new single season school standard ... authored career-best .547 completion percentage ... averaged 220.9 passing yards per game to set new single season school record ... guided Black Knights to victory over Cincinnati by completing 13 of 21 passes for 270 yards ... connected on two touchdown passes opposite Bearcats, both to FB Tielor Robinson ... found Robinson on flair pass out of backfield in fourth quarter that Robinson turned into 93-yard touchdown ... score rates as longest pass play in Academy annals ... also hit Robinson with 2-yard TD strike ... helped guide Black Knights to comeback victory over USF ... set season highs with 25 completions and 43 attempts against UAB ... amassed season-best 264 aerial yards and one touchdown opposite Blazers for 11th career 200-yard passing effort ... set new Academy record in that category ... also set new career mark for completions during outing against UAB ... registered 22 completions in 41 attempts against Tulane ... threw for 232 aerial yards and one touchdown opposite Green Wave ... completed 20 of 39 attempts for 163 yards and two touchdowns versus rival Midshipmen ... set Army-Navy series records for career completions, attempts and yards ... finished with 20 completions in 38 attempts versus Air Force ... compiled 192 aerial yards and one touchdown opposite Falcons ... completed 16 of 27 passing tries for 202 yards against Bulls ... hit Aaron Alexander for 4-yard touchdown pass at USF ... finished 17 of 30 through air for 230 yards and one touchdown against East Carolina ... connected with Jacob Murphy on 78-yard scoring strike in game's final minute ... completed 12 of 26 passes for 214 yards opposite TCU ... opened contest with three successive completions, totaling 103 yards ... guided Army to scores on first three drives.
2003: Appeared in all 13 games ... came off bench to spell injured starter Reggie Nevels during second half of season opener against Connecticut ... started following nine contests before coming off bench opposite Houston ... returned to starting lineup for final two games versus Hawai'i and Navy ... started 11 games in all ... authored single most prolific passing campaign in Army history ... completed 230 of 436 pass attempts (.528) ... passed for 2,234 yards and 11 touchdowns ... established new single season school records for passing yardage, completions and attempts ... only second player in Army history to pass for 2,000 yards in a single season ... first Black Knight to complete at least 200 passes in a season ... also first Army player to attempt 400 passes in a single campaign ... finished year with 2,054 yards of total offense ... figure stands second on Army's single-season list ... per-game passing average of 171.8 ranked seventh among Conference USA leaders ... threw for 11 touchdowns to rank tied for third on Black Knights' single-season list ... registered third career 300-yard passing game during road loss to Hawai'i ... completed 27 of 40 passes for 338 yards and one touchdown against Warriors ... yardage total rated as season high ... figure stands third on Army's single-game chart ... connected on 26 of 43 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns in home showing opposite Tulane ... yardage total against Green Wave stands sixth on Army's single-game list ... registered first running score of Black Knight career versus Tulane ... established career highs in pass attempts and completions by hitting on 34 of 51 aerial attempts in road loss to UAB ... completion total shattered existing single game school record ... pass attempt figure ranks second ... threw for 238 yards versus Blazers ... connected with Walter Hill on 27-yard touchdown pass to cap that showing ... did not throw an interception in 51 pass tries against UAB ... tossed career-high three touchdown passes at Cincinnati ... finished outing versus Bearcats 11 of 27 passing for 132 yards ... completed 19 of 31 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown in Homecoming matchup with East Carolina ... found Aaron Alexander for a 28-yard score on Army's first play from scrimmage against Pirates ... completed 17 of 29 passes for 143 yards in reserve role against Connecticut ... tossed pair of second-half touchdowns.
2002: Appeared in 10 of 12 contests ... thrust into major role following injury to starter Reggie Nevels during second quarter of season opener versus Holy Cross ... completed 89 of 184 passes for 1,039 yards on season ... hit on 48.4 percent of pass tries ... tossed five touchdowns and nine interceptions ... averaged 103.9 passing yards per game ... rushed 24 times for loss of 71 yards ... sat out Southern Miss and Memphis contests ... started more games than any other freshman quarterback in Army football history ... plebes had started at quarterback on just four occasions prior to 2002 ... drew four starting assignments in all ... pass attempt total ranked eighth on Army's single-season list ... also listed ninth in pass completions (89) and 14th in passing yards (1039) ... first quarterback to pass for 1,000 yards in a season since Jerryl Bennett in 1980 ... came off bench during collegiate debut to complete 19 of 34 passes for 172 yards ... notched first career start following week against Rutgers ... hit on 12 of 26 aerial attempts for 109 yards opposite Scarlet Knights ... tossed three interceptions in that outing ... became first Army freshman in 15 years to start a game at quarterback ... appeared with lead unit against Louisville, Houston and UAB as well ... enjoyed "breakout" game in road loss to Cougars ... posted second most prolific passing day in Army history ... completed 17 of 33 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns ... entered game without having tossed single touchdown pass in previous five outings ... hooked up with classmate Jacob Murphy on sparkling, season-long 78-yard TD pass on second play from scrimmage ... also fired touchdown passes of 7, 3, and 7 yards ... yardage total of 353 stands second on school's single-game list ... became first Army quarterback to pass for three scores in a game since 1977 ... first to pass for four TDs since 1976 ... finished day with 331 yards of total offense for second-best figure in Army history ... registered six completions measuring at least 25 yards ... completed 14 of 27 passes in home loss to UAB ... combined with William White on 53-yard hookup during relief stint against TCU.
High School: First team all-state honoree at Fossil Ridge High in Keller, Texas ... played for head coach Gary Olivo ... Texas Gridiron first team all-state choice ... Texas Sportswriters' honorable mention selection ... named to Dave Campbell's all-state squad ... cited as Max Emfinger's National All-America Team First Team "Super Sleeper QB" ... Heartland Recruiting Texas Top 100 pick ... 2001 Dave Campbell's Lone Star Red Zone All-Star Team nominee ... Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Offensive Player of the Year" ... chosen for first annual Coca-Cola/Big Brothers Big Sisters All-Star Game ... selected as Pro Football Weekly's Dick Butkus Football "National Player of the Week" as a senior ... Tom Landry "FCA Athlete of the Year" nominee ... cited as District 5A most valuable player during senior season ... two-time District 5A first team all-star ... three-time letterwinner ... two-year starter ... shattered every school passing record on game, season and career levels ... completed 217 of 353 pass attempts (.615) during senior campaign ... registered 34 touchdown passes and 3,406 aerial markers ... finished high school career 389 of 663 through the air ... piled up 5,761 career passing yards ... threw for 2,355 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior ... led team to first-ever District 5A championship and playoff berth that year ... squad repeated honor following season ... notched two wins in state tournament as a senior ... earned two additional varsity letters in baseball ... split time between pitcher and shortstop on diamond ... two-time football team captain ... National Honor Society member ... Special Olympics volunteer ... active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... nominated for Davey O'Brien Award, presented annually to national high school athlete of the year.
Personal: Born Dec. 23, 1983 ... given name is Zachary Karl-Heinz Dahman ... parents' names are Fletcher and Deborah Dahman ... father, Fletcher, reached rank of chief master sergeant in U.S. Air Force ... began playing quarterback at age five ... lists favorite college football player as former University of Texas quarterback Major Applewhite ... enjoys watching movies in free time ... majoring in Systems Engineering.
DAHMAN'S PASSING STATISTICS
Year G-GS C A Pct. Yds. Int. TD Long/Opp.
2002 10-4 89 184 .484 1039 9 5 78/Houston
2003 13-11 230 436 .528 2234 19 11 62/TCU
2004 8-8 145 265 .547 1767 7 9 93/Cincinnati
Totals 31-23 464 885 .524 5040 35 25 93/Cincinnati
DAHMAN'S RUSHING STATISTICS
Year G-GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD Long/Opp.
2002 10-4 24 (-71) (-2.9) 0 6/East Carolina
2003 13-11 61 (-180) (-3.0) 1 20/Louisville
2004 8-8 23 (-28) (-1.2) 0 10/Navy
Totals 31-23 108 (-279) (-2.6) 1 20/Louisville
Passing Att.: 51 vs. UAB, 11-1-03
Passing Comp.: 34 vs. UAB, 11-1-03
TDs Passing: 4 vs. Houston, 10-19-02
Passing Yards: 353 vs. Houston, 10-19-02
Long Completion: 93 vs. Cincinnati, 10-9-04
Passing Touchdowns: 3 vs. Cincinnati, 10-25-03
Rushing Att.: 9 vs. TCU, 10-4-03
Rushing Yards: 25 vs. Louisville, 10-11-03
TDs Rushing: 1 vs. Tulane, 9-20-03
Long Rush: 20 vs. Louisville, 10-11-03
Total Offense: 331 vs. Houston, 10-19-02