Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
USATSI Gallery - Bowling Green at Michigan State
Third-year player will compete for a starting position at safety.
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.