Generally regarded as one of the best option quarterbacks in NCAA history, Dowis finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989. That same season, he set the NCAA Division I career record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 3,612 (this record was broken by Antwaan Randle El of Indiana University in 2001), became the fifth player in Division I history to both pass and rush for 1,000 yards, was an honorable mention All American, and was the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He set the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a game with 6 (against San Diego State University in 1989). He set the Western Athletic Conference record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game in the same game with 249. Dowis graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1990 and briefly served as a coach on the Air Force staff. He was inducted into the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member on July 17, 1998. More recently on April 20, 2011, Dowis was selected to be inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.
Dowis' 249 yard game was the Air Force school record for rushing in a single game by any player until October 13, 2007. The record was broken by Chad Hall, who had 256 rushing yards against Colorado State.
- The Sporting News article
- "Dee Dowis inducted into Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame". AF Athletics Football. April 20, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- Air Force Academy Record Book
- 1989 NCAA news
- 1989 Heisman Trophy results
- NY Times article
- Rocky Mountain News profile
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