Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers
Derek Dowrey is among a trio of defensive tackles who took redshirt seasons in 2012 and are prepared to crack the D-Line rotation this fall. Dowrey has made substantial progress during his first year as a Nittany Lion and brings physical play and a great motor to the field. The son of a high school coach, he did a notable job working against the offensive line as a member of the Dirty Show during his redshirt season. He is among the team leaders in the squat, lifting 500 pounds. A first-team all-state selection at John Handley High School, Dowrey joins wideout Matt Zanellato as returning players from northern Virginia.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season. During the 2013 Blue-White game, Dowrey recorded four solo stops and a pair of sacks to help the defense win the intrasquad contest.
Dowrey was a first-team all-state selection during his junior and senior seasons at John Handley High School. Playing for Coach Tony Rayburn, Dowrey garnered all-district honors during each of his four years, with accolades on the offensive and defensive lines his final three seasons. He was selected the Northern Virginia Daily Male Athlete-of-the-Year and Defensive Player-of-the-Year. During his senior season, Dowrey recorded 107 tackles and 13 sacks and ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he recorded 145 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown. Dowrey earned the first of his three all-region selections as a sophomore, when he tallied 128 tackles and seven sacks. He helped Handley to the district crown all four years, and was instrumental in helping the Judges to a pair of region championships. He was a two-time team captain and a Handley High School Scholar-Athlete Award recipient all four years. Dowrey also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Full name is Derek Wayne Dowrey Jr. He is the son of Derek and Glendora Dowrey, and has one younger brother, Jordan. His father is an assistant football and track and field coach at Handley High School and played football and ran track at Bridgewater (Va.) College. Dowrey enjoys spending time with friends and playing video games. He plans to major in broadcast journalism and is interested in a career in the media or as a football or strength coach. Born July 3, 1993 in Winchester, Va.