Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers
After spending his initial two seasons on the defensive line, Derek Dowrey shifted to the offensive line during spring drills to increase the talent and depth at the guard position. The redshirt sophomore made a seamless transition into his new role and is poised to play a big part for the offensive line this fall. He made good progress throughout spring practice and started for the victorious Blue team in the spring game. The former John Handley High School all-state honoree added nearly 20 pounds of muscle during the off-season strength and conditioning program and has emerged as one of the squad's strongest players in the weight room and on the field. Dowrey squatted a team-high 500 pounds 10 times during Max-out week in March just before spring practice commenced. The talented and relentless Dowrey saw action in eight games during the 2013 season, primarily on short-yardage and goal line situations. A physical player with a great motor, he is among five Nittany Lions from Virginia.
2013 - Sophomore Season
Dowrey saw action in eight games during his first season on the field. Specializing in short-yardage and goal line situations, Dowrey helped bolster the middle of the defensive line. He made one tackle against Indiana. Dowrey was a member of the unit that blocked Michigan's field goal attempt in the first overtime of Penn State's eventual four-overtime win.
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.