Cowboys Add Duke LB

Fowler, a 6-4, 240-pound linebacker out of Duke has inked with the Dallas Cowboys after leading the Blue Devils in tackles in three seasons and twice receiving All-ACC recognition with honorable mention honors as a junior and second team accolades following his senior year.

The two-year team captain ranks third on Duke's career tackle list with 495 and second in tackles for loss with 47.5.

2003: Returning starting middle linebacker ... enters final season having started 29 career games at Duke ... will serve as a team captain for the second straight year ... one of just six Blue Devils in the history of Duke football to serve consecutive seasons as a team captain ... charted as the 20th top middle linebacker in the nation by The Sporting News ... preseason second team All-ACC choice by The Sporting News and Lindy's ... certain candidate for post-season honors ... begins the season as the ACC's leader among active players in career tackles (359) and double figure tackle games (19) while ranking tied for second in quarterback sacks (12) and and third in tackles for loss (35) ... could become the first player in Duke football history to lead the Blue Devils in total tackles in four straight seasons ... on Duke's career charts, ranks seventh in tackles, tied for sixth in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss ... needs 155 tackles, 11 sacks and 23 tackles for loss to become the school's all-time leader in those respective categories ... third leading returning tackler in the ACC behind North Carolina's Dexter Reid and Clemson's John Leake ... has been on the field for over 2,000 plays during his career ... one of Duke's strongest players evident by his 460-pound bench press ... three-time recipient of Duke's Outstanding Linebacker Award ... carded three tackles including a sack in the annual Spring Game ... qualified for the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2002: Started all 12 games at linebacker ... honorable mention All-ACC selection ... Academic All-ACC pick ... led Duke and finished sixth in the ACC in tackles with 145 ... tackles per game average of 12.1 ranked fifth in the league ... became just the second player in Duke history to lead the Blue Devils in tackles in three straight seasons, joining Mike Junkin (1983-86) ... added 15 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two sacks and two quarterback hurries ... had eight double figure tackle games including six in a row to end the season ... recorded a career-high 19 tackles against Clemson ... added 17 stops against Georgia Tech and 16 versus Wake Forest ... also was in double digits against Louisville (15), N.C. State (13), Maryland (12), North Carolina (12) and Navy (11) ... logged nine tackles against both East Carolina and Northwestern ... finished third on the team in total snaps played (900) behind Rusty Wilson (922) and Christian Mitchell (913) ... at the program's annual banquet, received the Outstanding Linebacker Award while sharing the Trinity Teammate Award with Terrell Smith.

2001: Played in all 11 games with 10 starting assignments ... led Duke in tackles for the second straight season with 127 total stops ... tackle total ranked sixth in the ACC and 21st nationally ... recipient of the Outstanding Linebacker and Mike Suglia Awards at the program's annual banquet ... became the first Duke player to lead the Blue Devils in tackles in his first two seasons ... logged seven games with 10 or more tackles including six consecutive in weeks two through seven ... registered season-high 18 tackles at Rice ... had 17 stops and an interception in the Georgia Tech game and was named the ACC Player of the Week ... other double-figure tackle performances came against Northwestern (15), Wake Forest (15), N.C. State (12), Virginia (10) and Maryland (10) ... was in on 871 total plays — second-most on the club behind Ronnie Hamilton (901) ... led the Blue Devils in sacks with three and finished tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with seven.

2000: Started the final seven games at outside linebacker ... named third team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... led Duke and finished second among ACC freshmen in tackles with 87 ... became just the second Blue Devil freshman ever to lead the squad in tackles, joining Erwin Sampson who turned the trick in 1988 ... also led Duke in tackles for loss (13) and quarterback sacks (7) ... sack total ranked eighth in the conference and matched the fourth-best single-season sack total in Duke history ... against Vanderbilt, had season-best 12 total stops along with first career interception ... matched season-high with 12 tackles and two sacks at Florida State ... named Duke's Most Outstanding Linebacker.

Prior to Duke: Three-year letterwinner at Seminole, playing quarterback, running back and linebacker ... served as team captain ... team went 8-2 his senior year and made an appearance in the state playoffs ... was the Florida state champion in discus as a junior ... named first team all-conference ... team captain in the Palms Pinellas All-Star Classic.

Personal: Majoring in sociology ... son of Ron and Soraya Fowler ... born May 20, 1982.

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