Rice -- Experienced player who lead the secondary... Member of Student Owl Club.
Rice's safety Downs is true Renaissance man (Houston Chronicle)
2006: Second team All C-USA pick by the media who finished second on the team and tied for seventh in the conference with a career-high 88 tackles....62 solo stops ranked fourth in the conference....topped his previous season total by 14 stops.....started 41 consecutive games for the Owls....tied for ninth on Rice's career tackle list with 278 Emmett Waldron ).....opened the season by recording eight tackles against Houston and never was credited with fewer than five in any game...registered his season high of nine stops twice (Texas and UCF)...finished with four tackles for loss to match his career high, set in 2004...broke open the Owls first win of the year when he returned an interception 72 yards for a score against Army to put the Owls up 28-7....TD return was the longest by an Owl since Dan Dawson returned one 74 yards vs. Hawaii in 2001...Downs has five career interceptions to lead the team....Honored by the Houston Kiwanis Club as Rice's recipient of the George H..W. Bush/Kiwanis Sports Hero Award...The President was on hand to present Downs with his award.
2005: Started all 11 games at free safety... Led Rice DBs with 58 tackles (45 primary), including 1.5 for four yards in losses... Had one interception with a 19-yard return against UTEP... Had at least two tackles in all 11 games, topped by a season-high 11 in the win over Tulane... Had two pass deflections on the season (Texas and East Carolina)... Had 18 kickoff returns for 335 yards with 34-yard runbacks against UCLA and Tulsa... Force one fumble against UAB... Rice Scholar-Athlete for football.
2004: Started all 11 games as a sophmore... Credited with 70 tackles (48 primary), including four for nine yards in losses... Only interception of `04 came at Nevada, and had one pass deflection at Navy... Had a career-high 12 tackles (nine primary) at Tulsa... Returned 18 kickoffs for 487 yards, and had returns of 53, 52 and 49 yards during the season... His 189 return yards at San Jose State (eight returns) was a Rice record.
2003: Played in 12 games and started the final six to earn his first letter... Had 62 tackles (44 primary), including a season-high 10 against Fresno State in his first start... Had his first career interception against Tulsa, and forced fumbles against the Hurricane and in the win over UTEP... Had a tackle for a two-yard loss in the win at Louisiana Tech... Returned one kickoff for 14 yards against Navy.
High School -- 2002 honors graduate of Rowlett High in Garland... Three-year starter, playing as both a defensive back and running back... All-District 10-5A running back for coach Kiff Hardin... Recorded 84 tackles as a junior in 2000... Second-team all-district defensive back as a sophomore... Played in the Coca-Cola Classic all-star game, benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters... Also one of the top sprinters in north Texas, helping the Eagles' 4x100 relay squad to the regional finals... Regional finalist over 100-meters with a personal best of 10.14... Also had a PR of 21.4 over 200-meters... Member of the National Honor Society and Rowlett's student council, serving as vice president... Honorable mention academic all-state... Won the NAACP Award for having the highest GPA (3.7) among African-American males in the Garland ISD.
Personal -- Full Name: Andray Jerdale Downs... Born: Jan. 26, 1984, at Oklahoma City, Okla... Parents: James and Rhenae Downs, Garland (two sisters)... Rice Major: political science/managerial studies/economics... College: Hanszen.