Devin McDowell was injured earlier
in the year with a bruised sternum in the DeSoto game, which the Owls lost 56-50
in a five overtime classic. This injury was complicated with him coughing up
blood later in the week, so he missed two games in the non-district schedule.
However, he has made it back to the gridiron, and he is showing why he may be
one of the fastest players in the state of
After an easy victory over Garland
Naaman Smith, the
It is a challenge to watch a
player in the
This was shown in the second quarter on the defensive side of the ball. McDowell has made the transition from safety to cornerback, and he was in man coverage against a wide receiver. The receiver ran a crossing pattern, and he had a step on McDowell about eight yards down the field. But Devin kicked it into overdrive and made the step up within a few strides and dove in front of a good pass. He made a good case to the referee that he made the interception, but it was to no avail. However, watching the replay, it looked like he may have actually made the pick. But it was the great burst of speed that impressed everyone.
Most of the night, the Colonels stayed away from McDowell's side of the ball. Their sophomore quarterback actually had a very good night with some great passes down the middle of the field, but they primarily worked the opposite side of the field.
In a third quarter kickoff return, McDowell caught the kick around the 20 yard line, started to the right and then found a small seam up the middle. He zipped right through the opening and almost busted it for a score, but an ankle tackle around the 40 kept him from going all the way. He showed some impressive speed going through that seam.
On the offensive side of the ball, he was able to pick up a few blitzes and made some other blocks from a wing position. He usually lined up in the wing position of a veer offense. He did whiff on a few blocks also, but none of them were detrimental to the team. One block that stood out was late in the third quarter when he took out a cornerback at the ankles. The block would spring the Owls' 5-foot-4, 150 pound running back on a long run. It was like Mini Me with wheels. The little man was probably their best running back of the night because of several fumbles by other backs earlier in the game. He would hit the hole hard, and he was very elusive. He was probably the smallest running back that I've ever seen.
McDowell finished the game with six carries for 26 yards and the one touchdown, but he is not being recruited for his running back skills. He will definitely be used on the defensive side of the ball, and he may be a viable option for a kick or punt returner with his speed. He has a slight build at 5-foot-10 and 175, but a long redshirt year of weights and the training table may very well help him like his older brother, DeAndre Jackson.
On another potential recruit,
there is a junior named Malcolm Williams that also plays for the Owls. He is a
6-foot-1, 195 pound receiver/cornerback who made some impressive plays in the
spring game, and he has made an impact this season. In fact, he was responsible
for two forced fumbles in the
Also, rumor has it that he has
been in touch with Sergio Kindle, a top five recruit from Dallas Woodrow Wilson
that I watched play last fall. Supposedly, Moody is trying to talk Kindle into
giving up his verbal commitment to