While Tucker running back Thomas Brown has garnered much of the preseason hype heading into the 2003 season, quarterback D.T. McDowell is quickly becoming a player to be reckoned with, too. Soon to be a four-year starter after playing as a freshman for Crim before transferring to Tucker, the 6-0, 185-pounder with 4.5 speed is one of the top signal callers in the Peach State along with Mays quarterback Calvin Booker.
D.T. McDowell is a threat passing or running the football.
As a junior, McDowell led Tucker to a 12-1 record by passing for 1,550 yards and 14 touchdowns and he ran for 13 more scores. It's no surprise that his numbers and leadership ability have schools clamoring to talk to him during the summer. While he says his list is still open, he's clearly favoring just one school following his trip to Auburn.
"A lot of schools are very interested in me," McDowell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I've narrowed it down to some schools that I really like and that I'm interested in. At the time I just know Auburn is on the top of my list. The rest of them are in the wind right now. I'm just going to visit and look at some other campuses. I just know Auburn is on the top."
A standout on the baseball diamond who hit .428 with nine home runs and 19 runs batted in while also striking out 100 batters and posting a 1.07 ERA, McDowell will be a prospect on that field as well as the gridiron. Splitting his time between baseball and football this summer, McDowell says it was important for his team to get to come to a passing camp and work as a unit.
"This was a good experience," he notes. "It gives us a chance to work our secondary more and it gives me a chance to work in the pocket. It makes me get my passes off quicker so when games come I'll be thinking about that four seconds. I like all the teams (at the passing camp). Our biggest challenge was Mays. They have a good quarterback and I'm a good quarterback, but they just made more plays than we did. That's what the game of football is like."
With Coach Tommy Tuberville limited in what he can do because of recent neck surgery, he wasn't able to spend much time on the practice fields watching the teams play seven-on-seven passing games against each other. Still, McDowell notes that one Auburn coach made his visit a great one.
"The quarterback coach," McDowell says of Steve Ensminger. "He's a great guy. I hear the head coach is a great guy as well. I would love to meet him. All the coaches at Auburn are real cool. I want to play for a national championship and I think if I play for Auburn I can make this team better."