Third-year member of the squad and second-year playing in Delaware secondary • after playing at free safety as a junior, will make the move back to his more familiar cornerback spot this fall as a senior • expected to take over spot vacated by three-year starter Travis Hawkins, who signed with the NFL New England Patriots • will also continue to contribute on special teams • transfer from the University of Maryland where he played for two seasons • tall, athletic defender who has good ball skills.
Made long-awaited debut in the Delaware defensive secondary after transfer from Maryland • moved into starting lineup at free safety vs. Navy when senior Jake Giusti went down with a season-ending injury and started there for 9 of the last 10 games of the season • was team’s second leading tackler behind All-CAA linebacker Pat Callaway with 79 stops • led the team with 57 solo tackles • also recorded a tackle for loss, one interception, and three pass breakups • ranked 27th in the CAA in tackles (6.6 per game) and was No. 9 among defensive backs • recorded a career-high 11 tackles vs. Albany and also contributed 10 stops vs. Richmond, nine vs. William & Mary and Rhode Island, and eight against James Madison • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. William & Mary • made one of the most memorable defensive plays of the season for Delaware against Delaware State when he made an acrobatic, diving interception in Delaware territory to aid the victory.
Did not see game action in first season at Delaware after transfer from Maryland • was one of three Maryland transfers in 2012, joining defensive tackles Zach Kerr and linebacker David Mackall • backup defensive back.
Played linebacker and defensive back for two seasons at Maryland for head coaches Ralph Friedgen and Randy Edsall • teams went 11-14 in his two seasons • recorded 27 tackles in 11 games.
Played in 11 games with four starts at linebacker for first-year head coach Randy Edsall • team went 2-10 • posted 27 tackles, including 12 solo stops as a redshirt freshman • also had three tackles for loss (14 yards), one sack for eight yards, and two pass breakups • had career-high seven tackles each vs. Georgia Tech and Boston College • also had five tackles, including a sack, vs. Florida State • had three tackles each vs. Temple and Clemson and recorded a tackle for loss against Towson.
First-year linebacker for team that went 9-4 under Friedgen • team was ranked No. 23 in final Associated Press poll after defeating East Carolina 51-20 in Military Bowl • did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility.
Explosive two-way player at Lake Taylor High School for head coach Hank Sawyer • started at cornerback and wide receiver • second team Class AAA All-State selection as a senior • was the 25th-ranked player in Virginia by Rivals.com • also ranked No. 68 nationally among safeties by Rivals.com • member of the SuperPrep Virginia 37 • 2009 first team All-Tidewater choice • also tabbed All-Eastern Region and all-district • had seven interceptions and eight touchdowns in leading the Mighty Titans to a 10-3 mark and the regional championship • also played basketball • also considered Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Penn State.
Mario L. Rowson ("row-son") • born Feb. 8, 1992 in Norfolk, Va. • son of Cheryleen Rowson • has two siblings • sociology major at Delaware.
CAREER STATISTICS AT DELAWARE
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Tackles: 11 vs. Albany, 2013