Dwight Lowery

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Dwight Lowery
Dwight Lowery.jpg
Lowery in September 2009
No. 20     Atlanta Falcons
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Santa Cruz, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Soquel (CA)
College: San José State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Debuted in 2008 for the New York Jets
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 180
Sacks 3.0
Pass deflections 44
Interceptions 10
Forced fumbles 5
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com

Dwight Larte Lowery (born January 23, 1986) is an American football safety for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State.

Early years[edit]

Lowery attended Soquel High School in Soquel, California where he was an All Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League running back for the Knights during his senior year. Lowery broke the school's scoring record for a single season (25 touchdowns) and the County's single game scoring record (7 TD; 5 rushing, 1 receiving and a returned interception for the games final he earned All-League defensive back his junior and senior year having 20 interceptions in 20 games.

Lowery also played basketball and was a 3 year starter on the varsity squad. He earned league MVP honors his junior year, and lead his team into the Central Coast Section Playoffs.

College career[edit]

Cabrillo College[edit]

Dwight Lowery previously attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, California where he played Free Safety and special teams for the Seahawks. During Lowery's Freshman season at Cabrillo College, he received All State defensive back honors and lead California in INTs (9). His Sophomore season was cut short with a hand injury but he still managed four more interceptions in the games following the injury. He left Cabrillo with 13 picks in 15 games. He also led the state in return yards in 2004.

San Jose State[edit]

Lowery after San Jose State's victory over Stanford

Lowery was a two-time All-America selection AFCA and FWAA All-America cornerback for San Jose State University. Lowery led the nation in 2006 with 9 interceptions.[1] In his senior season at San Jose State University Lowery recorded 4 interceptions and was named to the all-WAC team in 2007. In the post-season 83rd East-West Shrine Game, Lowery had 2 interceptions.[2]

Lowery had applied for a draft grade from the NFL's advisory committee following the 2006 season but decided that he would return in 2007 for his Senior season at SJSU.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Named to the 2006 and 2007 AFCA All-America Team
  • Named to the 2007 Scout.com All-America Third Team
  • Earned All-WAC first-team Honors in 2007[5]
  • Became the first player in San Jose State University history to be named an All-American in back-to-back years.[6]
  • Named to 83rd East-West Shrine All-Star Game in 2008[7]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 201 lb 4.54 s 1.53 s 2.60 s 4.38 s 7.31 s 33.5 in 9 ft 8 in 16 reps
Source:[8]

New York Jets[edit]

Impressed with Lowery's versatility and ball skills,[9][10] the New York Jets would draft him in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft as a cornerback/safety.[11] An injury to cornerback Justin Miller would see Lowery debut in his first NFL game against the Miami Dolphins; Lowery performed modestly with four tackles and three passes defensed.[12] Lowery was named to the NFL's mid-season all-rookie team for his efforts on defense however in November, Lowery was benched in favor of veteran Ty Law.[13] In spite of the benching, Lowery continued to improve and contribute as a backup cornerback earning the praise of his head coach Eric Mangini and his teammates.[14]

In 2009, Lowery continued to contribute as a backup and would finish the season with 24 tackles, 9 passes defensed and 3 interceptions.

In 2010, Lowery would record his first career touchdown, intercepting Brett Favre on a play that would seal the Jets' victory over the Vikings.[15][16]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Lowery was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick on September 3, 2011. In his first game with Jacksonville, Lowery intercepted a Matt Hasselbeck pass to seal a Jaguar victory.[17]

On March 13, 2012, Lowery agreed to a four-year extension with the Jaguars. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 22, 2012.

Lowery's 2013 season ended when he was placed on injured reserve on October 8. He was released from injured reserve on November 4.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Lowery signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 8, 2014.[18]

Personal[edit]

Lowery was born to Tracy Rivers who raised him as single mother.[9] Lowery has six other siblings, including a sister, Aujanae.[9][19] Lowery is married to his wife, Ashley Lowery.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily News (New York) http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-04-27/sports/17895604_1_san-jose-state-dwight-lowery-pick |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ http://draftheadquarters.com/dhqblogs/?p=12
  3. ^ http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2007/January/11/sport/stories/05sport.htm
  4. ^ http://www.playboy.com/on-campus/allamerica/football/2007/all-america-team/defense.html
  5. ^ http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=29304&SPID=2290&DB_OEM_ID=5600&ATCLID=1335977
  6. ^ http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=29304&SPID=2290&DB_OEM_ID=5600&ATCLID=1329682
  7. ^ http://www.sjsuspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=29304&SPID=2290&DB_OEM_ID=5600&ATCLID=1370935
  8. ^ "2008 CB Draft Prospects", CBS Sports (CBS), 2008, archived from the original on November 6, 2010, retrieved November 6, 2010 
  9. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg (April 28, 2008), "Note Spells Out Dream for a Jets Draft Choice", The New York Times (New York Times Company), archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  10. ^ Allen, Eric (May 3, 2008), "Dwight Lowery Has First-Round Instincts", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  11. ^ Lange, Randy (April 27, 2008), "Clinkscales Weighs In on First Three Picks", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  12. ^ Allen, Eric (September 7, 2008), "Favre Era Lifts Off: Jets Down 'Fins, 20-14", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  13. ^ Seimas, Jim (December 8, 2008), "Jim Seimas: New York Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery has chance to make NFL's All-Rookie team", Santa Cruz Sentinel, archived from the original on October 9, 2010, retrieved October 9, 2010 
  14. ^ Carlson, Tim (December 26, 2008), "Lowery: Rookie Who's Found Second Wind", New York Jets, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  15. ^ Associated Press (October 12, 2010), "Soquel grad Lowery lifts Jets with interception, touchdown", Santa Cruz Sentinel, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  16. ^ Cimini, Rich (October 12, 2010), "Jets expected a gift from Brett Favre", ESPN, archived from the original on October 13, 2010, retrieved October 13, 2010 
  17. ^ http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-09-15/story/ex-jets-lowery-coleman-out-prove-they-belong-new-team
  18. ^ FALCONS ADD S LOWERY, CB WILSON
  19. ^ a b Zimmerman, Lisa (December 21, 2010), "Dwight Lowery: Introspective and Aware", TheJetsBlog (SNY), archived from the original on December 26, 2010, retrieved December 26, 2010 

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