02/27/2018 2:41 PM -

JACKSONVILLE- Lance McDowdell (6’4, 325) signs with the Jacksonville Sharks for his first year of arena football.

McDowdell began his college career at Nassau Community College playing JUCO football for the NCC Lions for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. McDowdell finished his freshman year with 17 tackles and earned a spot on the 2012 Northeast Football All-Conference Second Team Defense, helping his team finish the season with a 10-2 record. McDowdell finished his sophomore year with 23 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. His performance on the defense helped his team finish the season with a 9-2 record and earn a spot on the 2013 Northeast Football All-Conference First Team Defense. After his time in JUCO, McDowdell was a three-star recruit by ESPN as a  JUCO transfer and received offers from University of Southern California, Tennessee, Syracuse, Northern Illinois, Miami, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Boston College, Auburn, Alabama and Central Florida. McDowdell eventually chose the University of Central Florida where he played for the 2014-2015 seasons. At UCF, McDowdell but finished his college career with 36 tackles and four tackles for a loss with the Golden Knights.

McDowdell is a native of Mount Vernon, New York and played high school football at Mount Vernon High School. McDowdell received his education from Biondi High School, but played football for Mount Vernon due to Biondi not having a football program. While at Mount Vernon High School, McDowdell was selected as a Class AA all-selection performer during his junior and senior years and earned a spot on the All-State First Team his senior year.  

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