By Doug Halberstadt
Former Rockford Boylan High School football player Dean Lowry is now playing defensive end for the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. The 6-foot-6-inch, 265-pound sophomore and his teammates have started the 2013 season with a perfect 4-0 record against their non-conference opponents.
Lowry was instrumental in the Wildcats’ victory (35-21) over the Maine Black Bears in last Saturday’s (Sept. 21) game at Ryan Field. He was credited with two tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Lowry’s return for a score was the fourth overall so far this season for the Wildcats’ defense. No other defense in Northwestern history has recorded four interceptions for scores in a single season. NU has at least one interception in their last eight games dating back to last season.
In his freshman year, Lowry appeared in all 13 games for the Wildcats. He recorded 14 tackles and was named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All Conference Freshman Team.
With their non-conference schedule completed for the season, NU now will focus their attention on the upcoming Big Ten Conference schedule. The Wildcats are off this weekend and have some extra time to prepare for their Big Ten home-opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday, Oct. 5.
The Buckeyes also finished their non-conference schedule 4-0. Ohio State hosts the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday (Sept. 28) for their first Big Ten Conference game.
The matchup between the Wildcats and Buckeyes on Oct. 5 will be homecoming for Northwestern. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m., and unless you already have tickets in hand for the game, you won’t be able to go to Ryan Field and see Lowry and the ’Cats take on the Buckeyes in person. The game is sold out. The good news is, the game will be broadcast to a national television audience either on ESPN or ABC.
From the Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013, issue