Fresno State: A former defensive end who has found a home on the offensive line ... spent much of the spring working out at center ... could be the starter there when fall camp opens ... has never played center at any level before ... a strong and tough athlete. (2007) Started the first two games of the season and was injured against No. 23 Texas A&M and missed the rest of the season. (2006) Started seven games at right guard, including the final four of the season ... was a part of a line that opened holes for Dwayne Wright, who finished in the Top 10 in the NCAA in rushing with more than 1,400 yards ... the unit allowed a school-record low 12 quarterback sacks ... Fresno State was among the nation's 20-best rushing offenses. (2005) Played in five games as a defensive end ... made six tackles, including 0.5 for loss. (2004) Redshirted ... was named the scout team defensive player of the year at the team's awards banquet.
High School: An agile athlete who earned All-CIF Division 5, All-Riverside County and All-CIF as a senior ... was the left tackle for Toby Gerhart, who rushed for over 3,000 yards in 11 games ... as a junior, was selected to the second-team all-county and all-league teams ... played on what's was considered the finest line in school history ... selected first-team All-Mountain View League for three consecutive years ... invited to play in the Shrine All-Star game ... comes from the same program that produced NFL first round draft lineman Pat Harlow ... a basketball standout, he earned honorable mention all-league honors as a junior.
Personal: Born March 9, 1985 in Riverside Calif. ... parents' names are Renee Shea and Curtis McDowell. ... has one brother, Jacob, and two sisters, Leanne and Caitlin ... enjoys riding motor cycles and playing basketball. ... selected Fresno State over Oregon State and UNLV.