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Devante Downs
Player Profile:
Devante Downs 1787248
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 240
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, WA
High School: Mountlake Terrace HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Twitter: @devantedowns | @calfootball
Instagram: cal_football

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014

Downs was five true freshmen to play in all 12 games in 2014 and made a sizeable contribution by leading the team with 3.0 sacks, while ranking fifth on the team in tackles for loss (5.0) and leading all rookies in tackles (34), tackles for loss, tackle for loss yards (18), sacks and sack yards (14). He will begin his second season at Cal as one of four players listed as sharing the starting spot at the ‘WILL’ linebacker position on the preseason depth chart.
 
Cal Career (2014 – Present)
► Has played in 12 games all as a true freshman and contributed 34 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-14 yards), as well as two kick returns for eight yards
► Has career highs of six tackles, eight tackle for loss yards and eight sack yards against Sacramento State, 1.0 tackles for loss four times, 1.0 sacks on three occasions, one quarterback hurry twice, and two kick returns and eight kick return yards with a long return of six yards vs. BYU all as a 2014 true freshman
 
Sophomore (2015)
► Listed as one of four players along with Michael Barton, Jalen Jefferson and Aisea Tongilava sharing the starting spot at the ‘WILL’ linebacker position on the preseason depth chart
► Had three tackles in the spring game
 
Freshman (2014)
► Led the team in sacks (3.0), while ranking fourth in sack yards (14) and fifth in tackles for loss (5.0)
► One of five true freshman to play in all 12 games (all off the bench) while leading all rookies in tackles (34), tackles for loss, tackle for loss yards (18), sacks and sack yards
► Had at least one tackle in all 12 games
► Recorded a career-high six tackles along with a career-high-tying 1.0 sack for a career-high eight yards lost (also a career-high-tying 1.0 TFL and eight yards lost) vs. Sacramento State
► Also had a career-high-tying 1.0 sack and tackle for loss among two tackles at USC (five yards) and one tackle vs. BYU (one yard), as well as a career-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss for three yards lost among three tackles vs. Stanford
► Had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each of his last three and five of his last seven contests
► Had defensive stats in other games vs. UCLA (5 tackles), at Washington State (4 tackles), vs. Oregon (3 tackles; 0.5 TFL, 0 yards), vs. Colorado (3 tackles), vs. Washington (2 tackles; 0.5 TFL, -1 yard), at Arizona (2 tackles), at Northwestern (2 tackles) and at Oregon State (1 tackle)
► Added two kick returns for eight yards all in the season finale vs. BYU
► One of three players along with junior college transfers Jonathan Johnson and Trevor Kelly and the only true freshman who was a mid-year enrollee and participated with the team during its spring practices but did not take part in any contact drills as he continued to recover from an injury that forced him to miss his senior campaign in high school
 
Mountlake Terrace HS (2010-13)
► Named to the Rivals Preseason All-American Watch List and the MaxPreps Washington Preseason All-State Football Team, while also being rated as Scout’s top fullback in the West prior to his 2013 season but missed the campaign due to a knee injury
► Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season but unable to play due to injury
► Rushed for 1,271 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense during his 2012 junior campaign, while adding 63 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks on defense to earn an AP Washington Class 3A All-State honorable mention selection as a running back and spots on both the 3A Wesco South All-League offensive and defensive teams
► Rushed for 500 yards on offense to earn second-team 3A Wesco South All-League honors as a 2011 sophomore, while adding 90 tackles, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries on defense
► Led his squad to the postseason for just the second and third times in school history as a sophomore and junior during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns
► Paced the Wesco South League with 19 rushing touchdowns as a 2010 freshman

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2014)
► A four-star recruit according to 247Sports and ESPN, while he was given three stars by 247Sports Composite, Rivals and Scout
► Listed among the nation’s top overall players by 247Sports (No. 181), ESPN (No. 206) and 247Sports Composite (No. 323)
► Listed among the nation’s top fullbacks by Scout (No. 6), outside linebackers by 247Sports (No. 12) and 247Sports Composite (No. 27), and athletes by Rivals (No. 23) and ESPN (No. 25)
► Ranked No. 26 on ESPN’s list of the top players in his region
► ESPN (No. 2), 247Sports (No. 3), 247Sports Composite (No. 3) and Rivals (No. 4) had him among the top players overall in Washington
► Received a 94 grade from 247Sports, while 247Sports Composite had him at 0.8891, ESPN at 82 and Rivals at 5.7
► Participated in the 2013 Oakland NFTC
► Called the “Best Big Back in the West” by Rivals in March of 2013
► Named to the All-Oregon NFTC Team for Underclassmen in June of 2012
 
Other
► Full name is Devante Johnston Downs
► Born October 18, 1995
► Parents are John Downs and Rosa Cham-Sanchez
► Intended major is legal studies

Downs' Career Game Highs
Tackles: 6 (vs. Sacramento State, 2014)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (four times, last vs. BYU, 2014)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 8 (vs. Sacramento State, 2014)
Sacks: 1.0 (three times, last vs. BYU, 2014)
Sack Yards: 8 (vs. Sacramento State, 2014)
Kick Returns: 2 (vs. BYU, 2014)
Kick Return Yards: 8 (vs. BYU, 2014)
Long Kick Return: 6 (vs. BYU, 2014)
All-Purpose Yards: 8 (vs. BYU, 2014)

Last Updated
June 27, 2015

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