McDowell's Focus Turns to Off-Season

McDowell's Focus Turns to Off-Season

Detroit Loyola (Mich.) junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell, the Midwest's top junior, talks about his plans for the next few months.

Malik McDowell is beginning his basketball season right now, but the memory of his junior football season lives on.

The 6'6, 295-lb defensive tackle was named the Division 7-8 player of the year by the Associated Press after recording 16 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. However, his Loyola team fell in the state title game to Ishpeming, and that has left him with a chip on his shoulder for next year.

"I'm really motivated," he said. "There's going to be nothing but hard work for me. I want to work on getting lower and stronger."

Once basketball season is over, McDowell says he is going to just work out and not do any other sports in the spring. While basketball is taking up his time right now, he does hope to see one of the teams vying for a national title in the coming weeks.

"My coach wants to take me up to Notre Dame for one of their bowl practices," he reported.

The Irish have offered, as has Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and others. Several of those schools have been through Loyola in the last few weeks, and he says USC has been showing him more attention. With all of those options, the question on everybody's mind is when McDowell will decide, and where that commitment will be too. He says it is not going to happen soon, but will it happen before next season begins?

"No," he remarked. "I don't really know." Recommended Stories

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