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Pitt Lands Michigan State Transfer DB Michael Dowell

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Pitt may have lost the battle to Michigan State on Thursday night in the Peach Bowl, but it seems the war isn’t quite over.

Michigan State redshirt junior safety Michael Dowell entered the transfer portal ahead of the Peach Bowl, after walking in Senior Day against Penn State, and he’s officially found a landing spot at Pitt.

A day after his former and now current teammates clashed in a closely contested 31-21 Michigan State win in the Peach Bowl, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Dowell’s arrival in Pittsburgh.

A 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety in Michigan State’s defense, Dowell will likely be able to provide safety depth or could potentially convert to star linebacker and replace the outgoing Johnny Petrishen. With 40 tackles (26 solo), two tackles for loss and three pass breakups, Dowell played a versatile role in Michigan State’s defense as safety and nickel back.

Dowell graded out as one of Michigan State’s best defensive backs this season, according to Pro Football Focus — although, the unit was porous as a whole.

Pitt originally recruited Dowell out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, but he ended up following his older brothers to East Lansing.

Dowell will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Pitt because of the COVID-19 extension. He finished his Michigan State career with 82 tackles (53 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, five passes defended, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 25 games.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Section 122
Section 122
26 days ago

Is he the consolation prize for not winning the Peach Bowl?

Bob wisilosky
Bob wisilosky
26 days ago

Please find me a corner!!!

Send it in !
Send it in !
26 days ago

Georgia showing how truly weak the BigJoke is. Pickett should be ashamed of sitting, being a Captain of the team.

Bob M
Bob M
26 days ago
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Yeah I’m sure he’s not ashamed of being a healthy top 10 pick in the Draft. Smh. He made a captain move for his family and will be setting them up for life instead of risking injury in a meaningless game.

Jordan Mack
Jordan Mack
24 days ago
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Yea, I’m sure that’s the way he’s feeling today after seeing Matt Corral go down and get carted off of the field.

Duquesne WBB

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