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Darren Dowdell

RS Freshman

Atlanta, Ga.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 228

Tight End



Spring Football Notebook No. 9

Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage

High School: Ranked as the 17th-best tight end in the nation, stands among the Top 100 players in the state of Georgia and holds a three-star rating according to ... Also possessed a three-star designation by ... Started on both sides of the ball (tight end and defensive end) at Grady High School for coach Ronnie Miller ... Helped lead the Knights to a 9-4 overall record and a 4-1 league mark despite missing part of the season because of an injury ... Caught a touchdown pass in second quarter action against Monroe Area during the second round of the state playoffs as a senior ... In all, still had seven receptions for 300 yards and three TDs on offense and 20 tackles, four sacks and a pair of interceptions on defense in 2012 as a team captain ... Tallied 57 receptions and scored 13 touchdowns during junior campaign ... Caught a TD pass, netted an interception and logged a pair of sacks in a 34-16 win over Towers in 2011 ... Named the Knights' Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year ... As a sophomore in 2010, contributed to Grady's 5AAA Regional title and a third-round appearance in the Georgia High School Association playoffs with 39 receptions and three TDs ... Also posted 30 stops and registered seven sacks during second season ... A strong academic performer who possessed a 3.4 cumulative grade point average in his last high school semester ... Also considered Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State and Wake Forest ... Lettered in basketball as a shooting forward ... High school teammate of fellow ECU signee DeShawn Benton.

Personal: Full name is Darren Anthony Dowdell ... Born March 11, 1995 at Atlanta, Ga. ... Brother Aaron plays football at the prep level.