Skip Myslenski examines NU's passing attack and the mindset that allowed for a dominant victory
2014: True junior ... Starting defensive end ... Collected 1.5 TFL and a pass breakup from DE spot at Penn State ... Showed versatility against Western Illinois by assuming the starting DT position for suspended C.J. Robbins and finished with four tackles, one sack and two pass breakups ... Posted five tackles and a half-sack against NIU ... Recorded one sack in season-opener vs. Cal ... Started nine games at defensive end in 2013 and tied for second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss ... Named NU's Defensive Player of the Game vs. Northern Illinois.
2013: True sophomore ... Started nine games at defensive end ... Tied for second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss ... Third on the team with 4.5 sacks ... Posted career-high 1.5 sacks at Illinois ... Had one of five NU sacks vs. Michigan ... Missed action at Nebraska with an injury ... Tallied two assisted stops vs. Minnesota ... Notched a career-high six tackles against Ohio State, including five solo stops ... Also recovered a fumble against the Buckeyes ... Picked off a pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown against Maine ... Also forced a fumble against the Black Bears ... Credited with a pass breakup against Western Michigan ... Made first career start at defensive end against Syracuse ... Recorded first career interception and returned it 16 yards against Orange ... Added four tackles, 1.0 TFL and a pass breakup against Syracuse ... Tallied two tackles and a forced fumble in season opener at Cal ... Deflected pass that led to Collin Ellis' 56-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
2012: One of four freshmen to crack the lineup in 2012, playing in all 13 games as a backup to Tyler Scott ... 14 tackles on the year with 3.0 TFL's and six QB hurries ... Named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Made his debut as a reserve defensive end at Syracuse and recorded one QB hurry ... Made a big impact vs. Vanderbilt with a fumble recovery, a QB hurry, two tackles and a pass deflection at the line of scrimmage ... Two stops against South Dakota ... Career-best three tackles (all solos) with a PBU and a QB hurry against Indiana ... Recorded two tackles at Penn State ... Posted two tackles, including a 10-yard TFL, against Nebraska ... Notched first career sack at Michigan State, dropping Andrew Maxwell for an 11-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... One stop in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl win vs. Mississippi State.
High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 47th overall among defensive ends and 20th best prospect in Illinois by 247Sports ... Ranked 95th overall among defensive ends by Scout.com and 115th overall nationally among defensive ends by ESPN.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree ... Chicago Tribune All-State and Champaign-News GazetteAll-State selection ... IHCA 7A All-State honoree ... Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10) Defensive MVP and Team MVP ... Recorded 65 tackles, 21 TFL's and 10 sacks ... Lettered twice in football and was a member of back-to-back 14-0 Boylan teams ... Lettered one year in basketball as a center and played baseball his freshman year ... Honor roll during his junior and senior years at Boylan, earning a NIC-10 Scholar Athlete distinction ... Recognized for Excellence in Business Law and Excellence in Marketing ... Coached by Dan Appino.
Personal: Born Dean Vincent Lowry ... Son of Margaret and John Lowry ... Played against 2012 Wildcat commit Dan Vitale and current NU player Jarrell Williams ...Major is undeclared.