2017: Appeared on defense for the first time all season and had an interception return for a touchdown - 74 yards - in win vs. ECU (Nov. 4), while also tallying four tackles and forcing a fumble ... had a kickoff return for 50 yards and four total punt returns in win at No. 17 USF (Oct. 28) ... tallied two punt returns for 10 yards at Tulsa (Oct. 14) ... had two punt returns for three yards vs. Texas Tech (Sept. 23) ... totaled one kickoff return for 35 yards and two punt returns for six yards in win over Rice (Sept. 16) ... had a punt return for six yards in season opener at Arizona (Sept. 9).
Graduate walk-on transfer from Texas State. Claimed starting punt returner job following training camp.
At Texas State
2016: Played in all 12 games with 10 starts at cornerback ... had 49 tackles, including three for a loss, four pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Texas State's leader in kickoff returns and punt returns ... led the Sun Belt Conference with 16 punt returns for 161 yards ... totaled 25 kick returns for 416 yards.
2015: Started 12 games as a cornerback ... recorded 44 tackles, including 34 solo stops ... broke up six passes ... tallied a season bests of eight solo tackles against New Mexico State ... had seven tackles at Houston and Idaho ... tallied six solo stops at Idaho ... had one pass breakup in six contests ... ranked fourth among Sun Belt Conference leaders after averaging 13.1 yards on 14 punt returns ... set a school record and recorded the third-longest punt return in Sun Belt Conference history with a 95-yard return for a touchdown against Prairie View A&M ... had three returns for 101 yards against the Panthers ... also returned three punts for 24 yards at Idaho.
2014: Played in 10 games as a reserve cornerback and on special teams ... recorded five tackles, including four solo stops ... returned four punts for three yards ... had a six-yard return at Tulsa ... recorded two tackles against Illinois and UL Lafayette ... also had an assist at UL Monroe.
High School: Ranked as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... played for head coach Claude Mathis ... served as team captain and led the Eagles to a 14-1 overall record, No. 8 national ranking and state semifinals ... member of the state’s 7-on-7 champions ... named an All-District 7-5A First-Team wide receiver ... led the district in kickoff return yards per attempt ... named DeSoto’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading the team with 59 receptions and 874 yards ... caught seven touchdown passes as a senior ... earned the team’s offseason Iron Eagle award ... played as a wide receiver on offense and cornerback on defense.
Personal: Born on Dec. 29, 1996 ... son of Anthony and Carolyn McDowell.
Brandon McDowell's Career Bests
Punt Returns: 4, at USF (2017)
Punt Return Yards: 12, at USF (2017)
Long Punt Return: 7, at USF (2017)
Kickoff Returns: 1, twice, last at USF (2017)
Kickoff Return Yards: 50, at USF (2017)
Long Kickoff Return: 50, at USF (2017)
Interception Return: 74, ECU (2017)
Tackles: 4, ECU (2017)
Fumble Recovery: 1, ECU (2017)