Eight USD Football players selected in the Society's eighth year
33 USD football players maintained a 3.0 GPA during the 2012 fall semester
USD: Final season with Toreros where he will compete on defense with linebackers... Last season played in 10 contests... Chipped in a season-best four tackles in win over Valparaiso... Appeared in three games in 2011... Season-high three tackles in season-opener at Azusa Pacific... In 2010 appeared in 7 games for the Toreros and recorded tackles in three different contests... Is a two-time PFL Academic Honor Roll selection (2010 & 2009)... Redshirted in 2009 and was named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Cathedral Catholic HS... Played two years of varsity football for the Dons... During his senior year, his team went 14-0 while marching towards a Division II California State Championship... Collected 130 tackles and 7 sacks in 2008... Named to 1st-team All-Academic and All-San Diego... Honored as Eastern League Defensive Player of the Year... Also selected to 2nd-team All-State.
PERSONAL: Born on March 26, 1991 in San Diego, CA... Parents are Mike and Susan Downing of Encinitas, CA... Chose USD for its great academics and football program, as well as its good location and values... Also recruited by Stanford and Colorado School of Mines... Lists some of his hobbies as playing basketball and going to the beach... Was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house... Hopes to own his own company one day... Earned Dean's List Second Honors and is a Presidential Scholar.
MAJOR: Business Administration/Real Estate.