Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
Second-year player will compete for a starting position at Star linebacker.
2015 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in 13 games, primarily on special teams . . . was one of six true freshmen to earn a letter for the Spartans in 2015 . . . collected 22 tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss . . . led team with 10 tackles on special teams (all on kickoffs) . . . tallied three tackles vs. Penn State, including two on kickoffs . . . recorded a career-high seven tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over Air Force; had 12 production points against the Falcons.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 197) . . . rated among the country's top running backs by Scout.com (No. 26) and 247Sports.com (No. 40) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 116) . . . ranked among Ohio's top prospects by Scout.com (No. 10), 247Sports.com (No. 21) and ESPN.com (No. 48) . . . two-year starter for Coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio . . . named to The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio first team and Cleveland.com All-Star Team as a senior . . . selected National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete . . . recorded 153 tackles (93 solos, 60 assists) as a starting safety in 2014, with two for losses, six interceptions and 11 pass break-ups . . . returned three of his six interceptions for TDs . . . rushed 47 times for 241 yards (5.1 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . had 10 receptions for 148 yards (14.8 avg.) and three scores in 2014 . . . led Eagles special teams in production points . . . ran 16 times for 61 yards and a score in St. Edward's 31-21 victory over Huber Heights Wayne in the 2014 Division I state championship game . . . made several big plays down the stretch vs. Wayne, including a 14-yard grab on a third-and-9 play on the Eagles' final scoring drive and rushing for 14 yards on a fourth-and-12 play late to ice the game . . . returned an interception 43 yards for a score and had a 40-yard reception to set up a TD in the regional final/state semifinal vs. Hudson . . . carried 158 times for 968 yards (6.1 avg.) and 13 TDs as a junior . . . had 17 catches for 246 yards (14.5 avg.) and three TDs in 2013 . . . also played basketball and ran track . . . son of Will and Anita Dowell . . . his twin brother, David, is a red-shirt freshman cornerback on the Spartan roster . . . born Nov. 16, 1996 . . . advertising major.