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Derek Dowrey
Derek  Dowrey

Graduate Student

Winchester, Va.

High School:
John Handley

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 321



H.S. Coach:
Tony Rayburn



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  • After spending his initial two seasons on the defensive line, Dowrey found a home at the guard position in 2014.
  • Playing in 11 games at guard last season, the Virginia native is poised to contend for a starting spot and significant playing time again in 2015.
  • Trimming down more than 10 pounds to help increase speed and quickness during the winter, Dowrey made good progress throughout the spring and will head into the fall as one of the offensive line’s veteran leaders.
  • Pound for pound one of the strongest players on the team, Dowrey squatted a team-high 545 pounds five times during the team’s max out session in March.
  • He is on track to graduate in December with a degree in journalism.
  • Dowrey is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Appeared in 12 games with one start (UMass) on the offensive line after making the move from the defensive line in the spring...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first appearance on the offensive line in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland…Helped the Nittany Lions gain 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing by Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. At Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, allowing him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. UMass (9/20): Made his first career start on the offensive line at right guard and helped pave the way for 228 rushing yards in the 48-7 win. Northwestern (9/27): Part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season as he threw for 216 yards. Ohio State (10/25): Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Assisted Penn State to five scoring drives against Maryland. Temple (11/15): Helped the Lions rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. At Illinois (11/22): Played a key role in aiding the career-best 137 rushing yard effort by Lynch. Boston College (12/27): Helped the offense gain 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-TD and zero-interception performance.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Saw action in eight games during his first season on the field...Specializing in short-yardage and goal line situations, helped bolster the middle of the defensive line. At Indiana (10/5): Made one tackle against Indiana. Michigan (10/12): 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 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season...During the 2013 Blue-White game, recorded four solo stops and a pair of sacks to help the defense win the intrasquad contest.

    ➤ High School
    First-team all-state selection during his junior and senior seasons at John Handley High School...Playing for coach Tony Rayburn, garnered all-district honors during each of his four years, with accolades on the offensive and defensive lines his final three seasons...Selected the Northern Virginia Daily Male Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year...During his senior season, 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...Earned the first of his three all-region selections as a sophomore, when he tallied 128 tackles and seven sacks...Helped Handley to the district crown all four years, and was instrumental in helping the Judges to a pair of region championships...Was a two-time team captain and a Handley High School Scholar-Athlete Award recipient all four years...Lettered in basketball and track and field.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Derek Wayne Dowrey Jr....Son of Derek and Glendora Dowrey, and has one younger brother, Jordan...Father is an assistant football and track and field coach at Handley High School and played football and ran track at Bridgewater (Va.) College...Enjoys spending time with friends and playing video games...On pace to graduate in December 2015 with a journalism degree...Interested in a career in the media or as a football or strength coach...Born July 3, 1993 in Winchester, Va.

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