A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2014: Did not compete.
As A Sophomore In 2013: Redshirted the 2013 season ... Entered 2014 with three years of eligibility remaining.
As A Freshman At WENU In 2012: Played his true-freshman season at Western New England University ... Appeared in three games ... Had two tackles on the season.
Before UMass: A three-year letterwinner for head coach Chris Eckert at Cromwell High School ... Helped the Panthers win the Connecticut State Championship in 2008 and finish as runners-up in 2011 ... Won a pair of conference championships ... Had a four-year win total of 37-10 ... Was a second team all-Connecticut selection on the defensive line, was named to the Hartford Courant All-State Honorable Mention Team and was a first team all-conference pick as a senior in 2011 ... Named the Cromwell High School Lineman of the Year after posting 105 total tackles with 59 tackles for loss and 14 sacks ... Also had 16 quarterback hurries and one interception ... Was also a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams where he threw the discus and shot put.
Personal: Full name is Michael George Dowe, Jr. ... Son of Joycelyn Down ... Has two siblings, Aldon and Carol ... Born July 2, 1994 in Hartford, Conn. ... Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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