Film Study: Andrew Dowell

The Spartans picked up a commit from the hard-hitting safety this week. We break down his film and what he will bring to Michigan State.

Michigan State picked up a few commits this week, including the Dowell twins.

For the sake of alphabetical order, Andrew Dowell comes first. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward’s flipped to Michigan State on Wednesday night with his brother, David.

Andrew, who made his name at running back earlier in high school, made a big name at safety this fall. He projects to either that spot or linebacker at MSU. Here is a breakdown of his film:


Michigan State asks a lot out of its safeties in the run game and when it comes to Dowell, he fits the ball.

Firstly, he has really solid size and brings a lot of force into hits. He really delivers a blow and makes a hit count. Part of that comes from how he plays downhill well in the run game.

Dowell appears to do a god job recognizing a play and understanding where to be – which is as big an asset as any to a safety in the Michigan State defense. He will be called upon to be smart in run/pass defense and in reading plays. That appears to be something he does well.

Against the pass, Dowell shows that he can get out in the flat and make tackles in the open field. He also shows good ability in dropping back into zone, while having the athletic ability to get up and make a play on the ball in the air.

His film showcases the ability as a gunner on special teams, which always comes in as a big plus to a football team.


From his film, it is hard to get a read on how fast Dowell is. With the ball in his hands, you can see that straightaway speed, but will his foot speed lead to him being a linebacker ultimately? He also has the size for that spot.

While above it was noted that Dowell does a good job reacting to the play, that does not always lead to him bee lining to the ball. Sometimes, he stutter steps or stays in place instead of going full out into the ball carrier.

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