Levonne made the interceptions back in high school.
Dywon made the touchdowns.
Like typical brothers, Levonne and Dywon Rowan cannot agree who holds various titles in their family. Both juniors (Levonne is the older of the two at 22, while Dywon is 20), debate the important accolades—speed and strength.
"We were competitors," Levonne said. "He was more offense, I was more defense."
"You're always trying to outdo your brother for family bragging rights," Dywon said. "We're competitive and always trying to do a good job."
Levonne, who said he has struggled with an injury this year, admits that he catches a peak during practice to check up on his younger brother, who was named UW's scout offensive player of the week after the Badgers' win over Minnesota.
"I'm always trying to see if he's doing good," Levonne said. "I look over there to make sure he's doing good and he's doing good." Levonne pauses slightly, then adds, "So far."
The two brothers played high school football back in Erie, Pa., for Mercyhurst Prep, where Levonne played defensive back and was second-team All-State and Dywon played running back and broke the school rushing record. UW gave Levonne a scholarship out of high school, while Dywon was a preferred walk-on. Years later, they find themselves on the same field again with their family still sitting in the stands cheering their team on—not to mention daily phone calls from mom checking in on her boys.
"She calls me every night … about how I'm doing, making sure I'm doing good at school, how I'm doing at sports," Dywon said with a laugh. "Everything."
With graduation still a few years off, neither think about the future more than the excitement over the success of the team this season and said everything else can wait for now. The boys have come a long way since the days on their Prep high school football field to living together in Madison.
"When you get to college you have to grow up," Levonne said. "There's nobody there to watch you anymore … you have to grow up real fast."
In the end, Dywon said he was willing to cede the title of being the faster brother—albeit reluctantly, but strength, he said, there's no debate there.
"He didn't start being faster than me until he started running track," Dywon said. "That's when he got faster than me. I've always been stronger than him."