S Dwight Lowery part of Jags’ rebuilding efforts
Dwight Lowery walked around the facilities at San Jose State,
drawing inspiration from his journey to the NFL.
The safety was a two-time All-American with the Spartans and
holds the school record for most interceptions (nine) in a single
season. He helped build the program and is doing the same with the
Jacksonville Jaguars, who are using the San Jose State facilities
this week in preparation for Sunday’s game at Seattle.
Lowery played in the New Mexico Bowl during his junior season
with the Spartans – a 20-12 victory over New Mexico – and made a
contribution to the school’s football program for its apparel for
last year’s 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.
On Thursday, in front of the Jaguars, San Jose State Athletic
Director Gene Bleymaier presented Lowery with his own set of
Military Bowl apparel in appreciation of the player’s
”D-Lo has done great things for this university,” Jaguars
coach Gus Bradley said. ”They recognized him and it was great for
the team to see that.”
Lowery said the Jaguars also are making significant progress
toward a better future.
”It feels like a fresh start,” Lowery said. ”Sometimes that’s
what you need to build a program.”
Lowery recalled his days at Soquel High, in nearby Santa Cruz,
and at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, where he also helped shaped the
future of those football programs.
”When I’m here, it reminds me what I’ve been through and what
got me here,” Lowery said. ”It’s still a source of inspiration.
Now, with the Jaguars, we’re able to build again. I relish being a
part of that.”
In his sixth year in the NFL, and third with the Jaguars, Lowery
has re-established his own career.
”It’s a great experience to go out and compete every day to get
better,” Lowery said. ”That’s all we can control. It comes down
to when we want to be great, we will be great. We’re developing a
lot of things that the fan doesn’t see, things in the locker room
that are helping us get better. We’re not there yet but it will
translate to the field eventually.”
The Jaguars are learning a new defense this season under
Bradley, the former defensive coordinator with the Seahawks. It’s
beginning to take shape.
”When you can let your instincts take over and play without
thinking, that’s when you’re good,” Lowery said. ”This is what
this defense is doing.”
Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who also coached with
the Seahawks, sees a lot of Pete Carroll in Bradley.
”His passion, his energy and his focus on the process, that’s
similar,” Fisch said. ”It was a gradual process in Seattle. This
the fourth or fifth year that defense has been together and they’ve
done a great job of building talent and now they are playing really
Fisch said the biggest challenge will be up front.
”We have to win the battles,” he said. ”We have to block
their pass rushers so we can run the football and have success with
The Jaguars may be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who
was held out of practice again on Thursday while he recovers from
an ankle sprain.
”We need to get the swelling down,” Bradley said. ”It still
bothers me. The swelling is causing the pain. We’d like to have him
NOTES: If Drew-Jones is unable to go Sunday, Bradley said Jordan
Todman would get the start and Justin Forsett would also see
action. ”We’d have to make adjustments in special teams,” Bradley
said. … QB Blaine Gabbert tested his hand injury after some of
the stitches were removed but was limited with his reps. Bradley
said it’s ”highly unlikely” he will play Sunday. … CB Alan Ball
(groin) did not practice but still has a chance to play this week.
Jamell Fleming would see increased playing time should Ball be
unavailable. … TE Marcedes Lewis was limited in practice.