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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, Sentember 28, 1989
Terrapin

tailback strives for versatility

After playing fullback, Lowery returns to favorite position for final season at Maryland

by Marc Weiszer
The Maryland Diamondback
He may not be the biggest, the
strongest or the quickest running
back in the Terrapin backfield, but
senior Bren Lowery may be the most
valuable.
The versatile performer is the
team's starting tailback once again,
returning to his favorite position
after a season at fullback. For the 5-
10, 190-pound Lowery, playing at
more than one position is what
defines a complete football player.
"I like to show people that I can
do more than one thing," said
Lowery, who also returns punts and
sometimes kickoffs. "A complete
football player has to be able to go
out there mentally ready, physically
tough and be willing to do things
you don't want to do."
"I like to show people that I can
do more than one thing," said
Lowery, who also returns punts and
sometimes kickoffs.
LOWERY MADE an im-
mediate impression his first-year
season as a backup to Alvin Blount
and Tommy Neal, gaining 317 yards
in just 59 carries for an impressive
5.4 average.
In 1987, Lowery led the Terps in
rushing with 556 yards and scored
seven touchdowns. Last season, as a
fullback, Lowery ran for 256 yards
and remained a threat as a receiver,

averaging 10.7 yards per catch.
Now in his final season, Lowery
says he's in the best shape he's ever
been. He also added that he would
like more chances to carry the ball
and utilize his strength and speed a
little bit more.
"I feel personally that I haven't
reached my peak yet," said Lowery.
"I'm not as satisfied as I want to be.
That's why I'm coming out here
practicing as hard as I can to maybe
make up for the years I should have
done better than what I did."
THE TERRAPIN backfield has
had its share of setbacks in the last
six months. Sophomore tailback
Mike Beasly left the program when
he wasn't granted a redshirt season.
Promising first-year Andre Vaughn
was lost for the season after major
reconstructive knee surgery, and
senior Ricky Johnson missed the
entire spring practice session after
being declared academically
ineligible.
Yet Lowery remains consistent in
the face of a changing team.
"Bren's become a model football
player," said Terp running backs
coach Tony Whittlesey. "I think he
has a better understanding now than
he ever has in terms of understanding
not only what he has to do, but what
the defense is trying to do to stop
him.
"MY EXPECTATIONS are

LOWERY BRINGS that same 6
message of putting priorities in order
to his alma mater, Alexandria's T.C.
Williams High School. Every
December, Lowery returns to the site
of his glory days to lend his
inspirational words of advice to the
boys that are now playing there.
"It's important for me to see the
young guys do well," said Lowery.
"It hurts to come back and see the
program degraded because of drugs. It
used to be the kids could run around
the streets, play around. Now when I
come - it's rough, man, it's real
rough out there."
Lowery's parents, Ernest, a high
school guidance counselor, and
Easlene, a patent office employee,
still live in Alexandria, but he is
anxious for them to move out,
something he says they are planning
on doing soon.
The Alexandria where Lowery
grew up has changed considerably, as
has the Williams football team since
the days he played there. Drugs have
infested the neighborhood streets and
another Williams standout destined
for college football stardom, Tracy
Fells, became involved in the drug
scene. Fells will spend his future in
jail instead of on the football field.
"The young kids still look up to
(Lowery)," said Glenn Furman, the
coach at Williams. "He's a role
model for them."

Senior Bren Lowery returns to the starting tailback spot, a position where

yards in 1987.
very high," Whittlesey added. "As
goes Bren Lowery, so may go the
Maryland running game."
Lowery's flexibility has made
him valuable to the Terps whenever
they need someone to fill a slot, but

he has not always been so
dependable.
"Sometimes. I didn't go to class
and sometimes I didn't do the things
I was supposed to do. Throughout
the years, you learn and progress as a

person and you get older and
understand what's important," he
said.
A criminal justice major, Lowery
is looking forward to the day when
he will earn his degree.

Griddes winner claims prize
As mentioned in yesterday's Griddes, Dave Schiltz won the re-inaugural
debut week of Griddes.
Yesterday at approximately 3:30 p.m., Schiltz triumphantly appeared at
the Daily sports desk asking for his prize, a coupon worth breakfast for two
at O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub.
Schiltz said he puts much time and research into picking Griddes as well
as the game that other Ann Arbor newspaper sponsors. Schiltz picked all 20
games correctly.
When asked if he could have his picture taken, Schiltz was slightly taken
aback. "You know the old Indian saying," Schiltz asked. "If you have your
picture taken, your spirits taken too? Well, I kinda consider myself an
Indian... oh, I'm just being silly."
No photographer was on hand to take the picture anyhow.
But, if Schiltz wins again next week - and is the talk of all Ann Arbor,
you can bet his picture will appear.
Our first Griddes winner: David Schiltz. Congratulations, This
O'Sullivans is for you.
If you would like to be a Griddes winner, get those picks into the Daily
at 420 Maynard by Friday at 5 p.m. Friday.
But remember, Mr. Schiltz has already turned in his picks.

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Terps' safety Fowlkes
suspended after fight
From Staff Reports

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Maryland starting safety Kevin Fowlkes will miss this weekend's
matchup with Michigan and maybe more after being suspended indefinitely
from the Terrapin football team.
Fowlkes faces eight charges, including assault and resisting arrest, after
an altercation on campus, school officials said Tuesday.
The junior, was arrested by campus police about an hour after the team
returned home from Clemson, S.C., where the Terrapins lost to seventh
ranked Clemson, 31-7.
Maryland head coach Joe Krivak announced the suspension at his weekly
media luncheon.
"It's the kind of situation I just can't tolerate," Krivak said. "...There's
enough there for me to do what I had to do."
Maryland travels to Michigan to play the Wolverines this Saturday.
Fowlkes likely replacement will be first-year defensive back Ron Reagan.
Reagan, a red-shirt frosh, was not projected to be anything more than a
special teams/backup safety for the Terps this season. He is not related to
the former President.

Fowlkes
... suspended indefinitely

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