Famous Falcons: Michael "Dee" DowisUPDATED: 11/13/2012 - 4:18PMMichael "Dee" Dowis
was the quarterback for the United States Air Force Academy football team from 1986 to 1989.
Generally regarded as one of the best option quarterbacks in NCAA history, Dowis finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 (ahead of Emmitt Smith).
That same season, he set the NCAA Division I career record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 3,612 (this record was broken by Antwaan Randle El of Indiana University in 2001), became the fifth player in Division I history to both pass and rush for 1,000 yards, was an honorable mention All American, and was the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
He set the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a game with 6 (against San Diego State University in 1989). He set the Western Athletic Conference record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game in the same game with 249.
Dowis graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1990 and briefly served as a coach on the Air Force staff.
He was inducted into the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member on July 17, 1998.
More recently on April 20, 2011, Dowis was selected to be inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame.
He currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, near Royston, Georgia, where he was born and raised. He works as a manager for Pfizer pharmaceuticals, and is married with two children.
Dowis' 249 yard game was the Air Force school record for rushing in a single game by any player until October 13, 2007. The record was broken by Chad Hall, who had 256 rushing yards against Colorado State.