Andrew and David Dowell Feature
MSU Defense Feature
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and players discuss MSU-Iowa game.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
USATSI Gallery - Bowling Green at Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player has moved into a starting role at safety . . . has played in 20 career games with seven starts, which have all come in the last seven games . . . his twin brother, Andrew, is a junior linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . has 52 career tackles with five interceptions and one fumble recovery in 20 games . . . has snared the five interceptions in total of three games and all against top 15 ranked opponents, with two each in last six games, tallying two oskies each in wins over No. 7 Michigan and No. 7 Penn State, while snaring one at No. 11 Ohio State.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranks second in B1G and tied for third in FBS with five interceptions, also ranking second in the B1G and tied for third in the FBS in interceptions per game (0.5), as Iowa’s Josh Jackson leads the country with seven interceptions . . . ranks sixth in the B1G and tied for 30th in the FBS for interception return yards (78) . . . the five oskies are the most interceptions by a player in the Mark Dantonio era at Michigan State and the most by a Spartan since 2001 (Broderick Nelson with five) . . . the 78 interception return yards are the most by an MSU player since 2011 when Darqueze Dennard had 141 and Isaiah Lewis had 89 . . . has 42 tackles in playing all 10 games, starting last seven games . . . has posted career-high tackles in four of last six games, with previous career-best seven against Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern before tallying nine stops vs. Ohio State . . . snatched one interception with a 15-yard return to go with career-high nine tackles at No. 11 Ohio State, leading the secondary with 12 production points . . . snared two interceptions in win over No. 7 Penn State, his second game with two oskies (Michigan), adding four tackles to tally 12 production points, ranking second among defensive backs . . . accumulated career-high tying seven stops at Northwestern, matching his brother for tackle total, adding one pass break-up, finishing with 11 production points ranking tied for second among secondary . . . logged two tackles in victory over Indiana . . . tied for top tackles total on team with seven, matching his brother, in win at Minnesota, including matching with five solo and two assists, with one stop teaming up with brother . . . had career game against No. 7 Michigan, surpassing his season total of six stops with seven tackles, adding first two interceptions of career and adding one fumble recovery and one pass break-up, helping MSU defense log season-high five takeaways; finished game with 28 production points, leading the secondary and ranking second among the defense . . . named Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against the Wolverines . . . tallied two stops in Iowa game while making his first career start . . . logged one tackle against both Notre Dame and Western Michigan . . . posted two stops and shared top honors on the team with two pass break-ups in Bowling Green game, logging 15 total production points, to rank tied for second on the defense.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned his first letter after playing in 10 games, primarily on special teams . . . recorded 10 tackles, including three on special teams . . . played more than 50 snaps at safety . . . made two stops vs. Rutgers . . . had season-best four tackles at Maryland to go with one fumble recovery; played a season-high 38 snaps against the Terrapins . . . tallied two tackles vs. Northwestern . . . notched first career tackle at No. 18 Notre Dame. . . . tied for the team lead on the White with six tackles in the spring game; intercepted a pass with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the White.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 236) . . . ranked among the country's top safeties by 247Sports.com (No. 26) . . . listed among the nation's top athletes by ESPN.com (No. 33) . . . rated among the nation's top wide receivers by Scout.com (No. 35) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 24) . . . listed among Ohio's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 10), Scout.com (No. 14) and 247Sports.com (No. 19) . . . three-year starter for Coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio . . . Cleveland.com second-team All-Star selection (defensive back) as a senior . . . registered 64 tackles, two interceptions and 18 pass break-ups in 2014 . . . had 33 receptions for 332 yards (10.1 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . caught five passes for 64 yards in St. Edward's 31-21 victory over Huber Heights Wayne in the 2014 Division I state championship game . . . picked off a pass in the regional final/state semifinal vs. Hudson . . . returned a fumble 30 yards for a TD in the regional semifinal vs. Westerville Central . . . recorded 32 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break-ups as a junior . . . had 26 catches for 483 yards (18.6 avg.) and seven TDs in 2013 . . . set school record with 40 consecutive starts . . . had 80 career receptions for 971 yards (11.6 avg.) and 14 TDs . . . also played basketball and ran track . . . son of Will and Anita Dowell . . . his twin brother, Andrew, is a junior linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . born Nov. 16, 1996 . . . majoring in communication.