Dec. 8, 2011
Navy senior guard John Dowd was named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second consecutive year. Dowd is the first Navy football player in school history to be named to the team twice and is the first player in school history to be a three-time Academic All-American as Dowd was named to the second team as a sophomore.
Dowd is one of just four repeat first team selections joining offensive lineman Barrett Jones of Alabama, punter Drew Butler of Georgia and defensive back Austin Cassidy of Nebraska.
He is a three-year starter at guard and carries a 3.91 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a starter in each of the last 24 games and is part of a veteran offensive line that has Navy ranked as the fourth best rushing offensive in the country (313.7 yards per game).
Earlier this year Dowd earned an $18,000 Postgraduate Scholarship from the National Football Foundation and was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is given to the to scholar-athlete in college football.
Dowd is also a finalist for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award, which is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dowd was the landslide winner in the fan vote for that award.
Dowd will play the final game of his career on Saturday at FedExField in the annual Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA. Kickoff is set for 2:40 and the game will be televised around the world by CBS and American Forces Television.