On Downs: An elusive runner who could see playing time at tailback … was used a year ago on special teams and stands to see action on cover units again in ’02 … an Iron Terp who posted a 550-pound squat and 4.44 time in the 40-yard in spring testing … strength index of 709 was best among tailbacks.
2001 (Redshirt Junior): Played in the final six games of the season as well as the Orange Bowl … was primarily used on special teams but saw action in two games (Duke and Troy State) at tailback … rushed four times for 14 yards … also returned one kick 21 yards.
2000 (Junior): Redshirt season.
Junior College (Freshman/Sophomore): A 2000 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pa. ... a two-year starter who totaled 2,013 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns ... rushed for 925 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 87 carries in 1999 after totaling 1,088 yards and 11 touchdowns on 148 carries in 1998 ... junior college coach was Jim Burner.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and graduate of Malvern Prep in Philadelphia ... enjoyed a tremendous prep career, earning Philadelphia Daily News Inter-Academic Player of the Year honors in 1997 ... was later named the Inter-Academic League Player of the Decade by the Philadelphia Daily News ... established a single-season city league record for rushing yards (2,198) and tied marks for rushing TDs (29) and total touchdowns (31), all as a senior in 1997 ... in his career, he scored 54 touchdowns overall, including 50 on the ground ... he became the first player in Inter-Academic League history to rush for more than 4,000 career yards (4,045).
Personal: Christopher Michael Downs was born March 26, 1979 ... son of Dee J. and Joan Downs ... majoring in family studies ... has a brother who is an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rushing G-GS Att Net Avg TD LP 2001 6-0 4 14 3.5 0 7