Dee Dowis, whose mastery of Air Force's option offense made him a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1989, died early Monday morning in a traffic accident near Atlanta. He was 48.
"I don't have adequate words to describe what a personal loss this is for me," former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry said. "It's a sad day for Falcon football."
Dowis arrived at Air Force as a lightly recruited 5-foot-10, 150-pound quarterback in 1986, became the starter as a sophomore and quickly began setting records.
He remains Air Force's all-time leading rusher with 3,612 yards. He held the college rushing mark for a quarterback for 12 years until it was broken by Indiana's Antwaan Randle El. Dowis' sixth-place finish in the 1989 Heisman Trophy vote after he became the fifth player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season was the best in Falcons history and made him one of three service academy players to place that high since Navy's Roger Staubach won the trophy in 1963.
Dowis lived in South Carolina and worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer.
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Auburn: Defensive back Stephen Roberts won't play Saturday against Clemson after his arrest on two misdemeanor charges.
Baylor: Receiver Ishmael Zamora was suspended for the first three games after a video surfaced of him beating his dog with a belt.
Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly intends to make four of the five players arrested by state police on marijuana possession charges available to play Sunday at Texas. Receiver Kevin Stepherson and linebacker Te'von Coney were listed on the depth chart and Kelly has said he expects running back Dexter Williams and cornerback Ashton White to contribute. Kelly said athletic department policy states that the first marijuana offense is an educational process. Kelly dismissed safety Max Redfield, who was charged with a misdemeanor of carrying a handgun without a license.
USC: Linebacker Osa Masina, who is suspended for the home opener against Alabama, is under investigation in a sexual assault, according to a spokesman for the Cottonwood Heights Police Department in Utah. Masina was served a search warrant on USC's campus, according to the spokesman, Lt. Dan Bartlett. No charges have been filed. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating. Coach Clay Helton cited a violation of team rules. Defense attorney Greg Skordas said Masina is cooperating with police.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies will pay homage to Frank Beamer's attention to special teams in their first game in 30 years without the Hall of Fame coach on the sideline. With Beamer's approval, a special teams player will wear his retired No. 25 jersey against Liberty. In subsequent weeks, the No. 25 jersey will be worn by the special teams player of the week.