Pick #102: Penn State S Calvin Lowry
By Jeff Fuqua
Posted April 30th, 2006
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With the 102nd pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Calvin Lowry from Penn State. He is a two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 79/4/2. He is a hard-working, coachable player with a good feel for the game. He diagnoses the action and displays outstanding timing. Lowry flashes on the scene, has a burst of speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness. He has solid ball skills and good hands for the pick.
The following is a full bio from NFL.com:
Lowry has been a steadying influence in the Penn State secondary the last two years, manning the strong safety position, but his quickness and range could see him shift to free safety at the pro level. He has proven to be a capable punt returner and with his natural hands, has also had great success intercepting passes since moving into the starting lineup.
Calvin was an accomplished student-athlete at Douglas Byrd High School, where he played football and ran track. The two-time team captain earned team MVP honors as a senior, as he made 51 catches for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver and posted 80 tackles with seven interceptions as a safety.
Lowry was selected All-Region and All-Conference on offense and defense his junior and senior seasons. He led his team to an 11-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs as a senior. He also earned the Extra Effort Award and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl, pitting all-stars from North Carolina against South Carolina. Calvin also competed as a sprinter on the track and field team.
He enrolled at Penn State for the 2002 Winter Quarter and made great progress during spring and fall camp. He started two of the team’s first four games before suffering a right tibia fracture vs. Iowa, spending the rest of the year on the sidelines. He finished his fresh-man campaign with 14 tackles (6 solos), including a stop for a loss, a pass deflection and an interception.
Lowry was fully recovered in 2003, serving primarily as the team’s kickoff and punt returner. He totaled 20 tackles (10 solos) and managed to gain 240 yards on 26 punt returns (9.2 avg), adding 300 yards on 16 kickoffs (18.8 avg). He took over the “Hero” position (strong safety) duties in 2004, ranking seventh on the team with 50 tackles (30 solos). He recovered four fumbles and intercepted four passes, adding 232 yards on 28 punt returns (8.3 avg).
Determined that he was not leaving the team until they won a Big Ten Conference title, Lowry put together a banner senior campaign to see his dream realized. He was a first-team All-Big Ten choice, ranking third on the squad with 79 tackles (48 solos), including one sack and a forced fumble. He had four interceptions and two pass break-ups while continuing to return punts, gaining 340 yards on 32 attempts (10.6 avg).
In 39 games at Penn State, Calvin earned 26 starting assignments. He finished with 163 tackles (94 solos), two sacks for minus 18 yards and 4.5 stops for losses of 26 yards. He recovered four fumbles, returning one for an 8-yard gain and also had one forced fumble. Lowry registered nine interceptions for 110 yards in returns and deflected four passes. He amassed 812 yards on 86 punt returns (9.4 avg) and 300 yards on 16 kickoff returns (18.8 avg).
Ranks 17th in school history with nine interceptions…His 812 yards on punt returns rank third on the school’s career-record list behind Bruce Branch (1,171 yards, 1998-2001) and O.J. McDuffie (1,034 yards, 1989-92)…His 340 yards on punt returns in 2005 rank ninth on Penn State’s season-record chart.
All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by the league’s coaches, earning second-team honors from the media…Started all year at strong safety, ranking third on the team with a careerhigh 79 tackles (48 solos)…Had a 13-yard sack and 1.5 stops for losses of 16 yards…Caused a fumble and deflected two passes…Returned four interceptions for 36 yards and gained 340 yards on 32 punt returns (10.6 avg).
Lined up at the “Hero” (strong safety) position, ranking seventh on the team with 50 tackles (30 solos)…Registered a 5-yard sack and two stops for losses of 9 yards…Batted away one pass, intercepted four others for 74 yards in returns and gained 232 yards on 28 punt returns (8.3 avg)…Participated in a team-high 869 plays.
Played in twelve games, seeing most of his action as a return specialist…Recorded 20 tackles (10 solos)…Returned 26 punts for 240 yards (9.2 avg) and 16 kickoffs for 300 yards (18.8 avg) while participating in 247 plays.
Enrolled at Penn State in January, participating in spring drills…Played in four games, starting vs. Louisiana Tech and Nebraska…Participated in 171 plays, recording 14 tackles (6 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, a pass break-up and an interception.
4.49 in the 40-yard dash…2.6 20-yard dash…1.56 10-yard dash…Bench presses 225 pounds 15 times…36-inch vertical jump…10’0” broad jump…4.2 20-yard shuttle…11.6 60-yard shuttle…7.16 three-cone drill…30 7/8-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands.
Attended Douglas Byrd (Fayetteville, N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Robert Paroli…An accomplished student-athlete, competing in football and track…The two-time team captain earned team MVP honors as a senior, as he made 51 catches for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver and posted 80 tackles with seven interceptions as a safety…Selected All-Region and All-Conference on offense and defense his junior and senior seasons…Led his team to an 11-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs as a senior…Earned the Extra Effort Award and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl, pitting all-stars from North Carolina against South Carolina…Also competed as a sprinter on the track and field team.
Crime, Law and Justice major, graduating in December 2005…Father, Michael, is in the U.S. Army,,.Born Calvin Sinclair Lowry on 2./13/83 in Fort Hood, Texas…Resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina.