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62 Ronald Dowdy
  • Offensive Line
  • 6-4, 285
  • 2000-04, 2L
  • Fayetteville, N.C. (Pine Forest)

Saw time at four positions in his Gator careeer….Started his Gator career at tight end, but moved to defensive end in 2001…Moved to defensive tackle at the start of 2002 spring drills and then back to offensive guard midway during spring's drills…Was moved back to defensive line in 2003 spring drills…

CAREER: Saw action in 16 games for 108 plays…Received the "True Gator" Award at the conclusion of spring drills in 2002…Suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2001…Has played four positions during his career: tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive guard…

2004: Saw action in three games (Eastern Michigan, Arkansas, and Middle Tennessee State) for 13 plays on the offensive line…Nine plays against Eastern Michigan was season high…Recipient of the "Most Improved" Award at the conclusion of spring drills…

2003: Suffered a broken hand in the preseason but saw action in six games (SJSU, Miami, FAMU, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt) for 74 plays…Recorded a career-high four tackles, including a TFL, in the win over FAMU…Forced a fumble, deflected a pass and recorded two tackles in 18 plays on defense vs. San Jose State…Recorded a season-high 19 plays vs. SJSU…Had a tackle in each the Tennessee and Kentucky games…Dressed for the Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, FSU and Iowa games but did not see action…

2002: Backup at guard after being moved from defensive tackle midway through spring drills…Saw action in five games (UAB, Ohio, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vandy) for 37 plays…Played a career-high 17 snaps vs. UAB…Received the "True Gator Award" at the conclusion of spring drills as the individual who has unselfishly given himself above and beyond to help the team reach its goals…

2001: Played in first two games of the season at defensive end, before suffering a knee injury during practice on Sept. 17th that sidelined him for the remainder of the season…Recorded one assisted tackle…Was moved from tight end to defensive end during spring drills…

2000: Worked with the scout team at tight end and was redshirted…

PREP: A basketball and baseball standout who did not play football until his senior year but blossomed into a highly regarded defensive end/tight end…Caught 28 passes for more than 400 yards with seven touchdowns as a tight end and had eight quarterback sacks as a defensive end… network ranked him among the nation's top 25 tight ends… Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top three tight ends in the Mid-Atlantic region …Named to PrepStar's Super 30 All-Mid- Atlantic Regional Team and that publication ranked him among the top 25 players overall in the region…High school coach was Dean Saffas…

MAJOR: Natural Resources Management.

Career Defensive Stats:
year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2001 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 4-4 8 1.5 0.5 1 0 1 0
Total 4-5 9 1.5 0.5 1 0 1 0

Career Highs:
Total Tackles: 4 (FAMU, 2003)
QB Sacks: 0.5 (Kentucky, 2003)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (SJSU, 2003)
Big Plays: 2 (twice, last Kentucky, 2003)


  • Father, Ronnie, played at North Carolina and was best friends with former UF assistant coach Rod Broadway
  • Didn't play football until senior year of high school
  • Former UF assistant coach Rod Broadway is his godfather
  • Received the inaugural "True Gator" award for his team-first attitude during spring drills

What They're Saying About RON DOWDY

"He's been a pleasant surprise since moving from offensive guard to defensive tackle and figures on seeing playing time in 2003." (March 23, 2003)
Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"Ronald Dowdy had an excellent spring. He's got a motor, he can run and he's a good athlete." (April 16, 2003)
Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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