|75 Cory Dowless|
A battle-tested, physical and strong veteran who will play an integral role anchoring East Carolina's offensive line for the third-straight season as the projected starter at the left guard position ... Enjoyed two notable starting campaigns (2006 and 2008) on the left side of the line before move to right guard in 2009 ... Utilized an "untraditional" redshirt season in 2007 after earning Conference USA All-Freshman honors as a true rookie in 2006 ... Benefitted from added work in strength and conditioning program that enhanced already impressive power numbers during "off" year and turned in an exemplary contribution on offensive scout team ... Lauded by new coaching staff for an outstanding spring season, in fact, earning many offensive MVP votes in an unofficial internal poll conducted by the staff ... A versatile performer who also handled center duties during the last week of spring work (because of injuries) ... A preseason All-Conference USA selection (third-team) by Phil Steele Magazine.
2009: Played in and started all 14 games at the right guard position ... Finished tied for second on the unit with 45 knockdown blocks while experiencing action in 902 snaps ... A key member of a line which ranked sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (12 overall/0.86 sapg) - surrendering only two in a nine-game stretch from Oct. 3 (Marshall) to Dec. 5 (Houston in the Conference USA Championship Game) ... Unit also only allowed one (Virginia Tech) in a seven-contest span from Oct. 17 (Rice) to Dec. 5 ... Turned in a season-high eight knockdown total in 74 plays during the Pirates' 19-14 Conference USA win over UCF at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Sept. 26 before matching number against SEC-member Arkansas in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium ... Also credited with six knockdowns against Rice and four in battles against SMU, Memphis and Virginia Tech ... Logged three "successful" blocks each against West Virginia, Marshall and Tulsa ... Output against Golden Hurricane was amassed during a season-high 79 snaps from scrimmage ... Participated in 76 plays (two knockdowns) in divisional-clinching victory against Southern Miss ... Member of the Victors Club (weekly awards) for the offensive unit.
2008: Played in and started all 14 games at the left guard position ... Finished third on the unit with 43 knockdown blocks while experiencing action on 658 snaps ... Turned in a season-high nine knockdown total in the Pirates' 30-10 Conference USA win over Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Oct. 18 ... Also credited with five knockdowns in 51 plays at Tulane in the league opener ... Another key member of an offensive line that helped produce four 100-yard rushing performances by three players and allowed one sack or less in eight games (four without a sack - Virginia Tech, Southern Miss, UTEP and Tulsa) ... Also helped offense register at least 350 yards of total offense in seven games, including a season-best 475 against UTEP ... Provided support to a Pirate attack that generated a combined 755 total yards (377.5 ypg) and a completion percentage of 77.8 (42-of-54) during early-season victories over nationally-ranked Virginia Tech and West Virginia ... Provided pass blocking protection for a season-high 296 air yards vs. Kentucky in bowl action with participation in 34 plays and four knockdowns ... Played key role in additional ECU season-highs against UTEP - 231 rushing yards and 53 points ... Other knockdown efforts of note came against UCF (five in 66 snaps) and UH (four in 33) ... Recipient of the offensive line's Overton Decal Award for racking up the most helmet stickers (41).
2007: Redshirted ... Spent season as one of top offensive line scout performers, preparing Pirates' vaunted defensive front on a weekly basis after award-winning freshman campaign ... In fact, earned the Rick Bankston Memorial Award as the offensive unit's top scout team player.
2006: Started eight consecutive games at the left guard position as a rookie ... In all, played in 10 games (DNP vs. Navy, UAB and USF in the Papajohns.com Bowl) ... An unanimous pick to the C-USA All-Freshman squad by both head coaches and media ... Made collegiate debut against Memphis (9/16) as a member of special teams ... Posted 24.0 knockdown blocks in 446 plays from scrimmage ... Notched first career start against Virginia (10/7) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and picked up one knockdown in 73 snaps ... Recorded at least four knockdowns in five (Tulsa, SMU, UCF, Marshall, Rice) of eight games played on the line ... Top knockdown figure was five vs. the Knights and Thundering Herd ... Key contributor for a line that produced three 100-yard rushers, five 100-yard receivers and 3,024 passing yards - ECU's highest total in 14 years (since 1992) and third-best all-time ... Recorded initial offensive line (LG) showing against West Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, participating in 12 snaps.
High School: Earned selection to Eastern Randolph High School's distinguished Scholar-Athlete List as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior ... Part of a Wildcat program which rolled to a combined 48-7 record during prep career ... Member of squad during successful 9-1 and 15-1 campaigns during freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively ... A two-year letterwinner and starter in 2004 and 2005 ... Chosen to all-conference unit after logging 54 "pancake" blocks while helping the Wildcats to an 11-3 mark as a junior ... Followed up with honor-producing season in 2005 which resulted in a 13-2 ledger ... Credited with 71 "pancake" blocks and was selected as the Old Spice Red Zone National Player-of-the-Year (one of 50 players honored) ... Also picked up All-Mid-Piedmont Conference, all-region and all-county accolades as a team captain during senior year ... Earned additional varsity letter as member of the Wildcats' track squad (discus throw and shot put) ... Excelled in the classroom as a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society ... Coach was Burton Cates.
Personal: Full name is Cory Hunter Dowless ... Born December 1, 1987 at Greensboro, N.C. ... Earned a bachelor's degree in information technologies in May, 2010 and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in recreation and park management.