AT COLORADO: 2006 (Sr.)—He saw action in all 13 games on special teams, finishing as the runner-up in special team points with 15. He earned those on the strength of 10 tackles (six solo, two inside-the-20), two knockdown blocks on returns and a downed punt inside-the-20. He did not see any action from scrimmage.
2005 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 13 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), mostly on special teams. He did appear in four games on defense for a total of 11 snaps. He had three knockdown blocks on return unit duty on special teams, and played 56 of the 61 snaps logged by the FG/PAT unit. He had a tackle in the bowl against Clemson.
2004 (Soph.)—He saw action in two games (North Texas, Texas), playing 10 snaps from scrimmage in posting one solo tackle. During spring drills, he switched from quarterback over to defense to take a shot at the newly created position in CU’s defensive scheme. He had five tackles in the three main spring scrimmages, including a solo stop. He bulked up by some 20 pounds for the position change, as he weighed around 205 his first two years in Boulder.
2003 (Fr.-RS)—He did not see any action, but dressed for nine games including two road contests. He entered the fall listed fifth at quarterback and saw significant scout team duty; he was the Scout Team Defense Award winner for the Oklahoma game, when he switched sides of the ball and practiced at free safety. In the spring, he completed 1-of-4 attempts for nine yards in the three spring scrimmages.
2002 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall at quarterback after joining the team as a walk-on for August drills.
HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned all-conference honors at quarterback, when he passed for 1,900 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dowling won the Iowa 4A State Championship during his junior and senior years, compiling a 26-0 record over the two seasons under coach Matt Dillon. He was also the 2001 state tournament MVP. He lettered twice in both football and basketball, and was named to both academic all-conference teams during his prep career.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a double degree in business (finance) and integrative physiology in December 2006 (with a 3.9 grade point average). A member of the inaugural NFF National Honor Society team as a senior. He earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as a junior and senior, and was CoSIDA Academic All-District as a senior. He earned the Dean Jacob Van Ek Award from the coaches, presented for academic excellence over the length of a CU career. A nine-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, he earned the prestigious 4.0 Club Award for a perfect grade point average his freshman year in college.