2010: O'Dowd, USC's most experienced offensive lineman, will look to anchor the line in 2010 as a senior center.
2009: O'Dowd was set to anchor USC's offensive line while starting for his second season at center as a junior in 2009. But he was slowed throughout the season by injuries, seeing action in just 8 games (starting 7). He missed the San Jose State opener after dislocating his right kneecap in 2009 fall camp, then started USC's next 5 games (Ohio State, Washington, Washington State, California, Notre Dame) before a sore shoulder and the lingering effects of his pre-season knee injury sidelined him for the next 3 contests (Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State). He saw brief action against Stanford, didn't play versus UCLA and returned to the starting lineup against Arizona and Boston College. He missed 2009 spring drills while recuperating from shoulder surgery. He was named to the 2009 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team.
2008: O'Dowd started all season at center as a sophomore in 2008 and proved to be among the nation's top young centers. He made the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team, Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team, Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 third team and College Football News Sophomore All-American second team and won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee prior to 2008 spring practice. After the season, he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
2007: O'Dowd proved to be a precocious first-year freshman center in 2007. He started 3 (Idaho, Nebraska, Washington) of USC's first 4 games (including the first 2) and appeared in 7 contests overall (Idaho, Nebraska, Washington State, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and Illinois). In the Idaho opener, he became the first USC true freshman to start at center as well as only the third Trojan true freshman to start a post-World War II opener on the offensive line (joining Brad Budde in 1976 against Missouri and Travis Claridge in 1996 against Penn State) and the first USC true freshman to start on the offensive line since Jeff Byers did so in 2004 against UCLA. He then earned Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors for his performance at Nebraska. He dislocated his right kneecap at Washington and was sidelined the next 4 games. He was named to the 2007 Scout.com Freshman All-American first team, Rivals.com Freshman All-American second team, Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American second team, The Sporting News Freshman All-American honorable mention and The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2006 honors included Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star 100, Rivals.com 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Scout.com All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and All-State as a senior offensive lineman at Salpointe Catholic High in Tucson (Ariz.). He recorded 90 pancake blocks in 2006.
As a junior in 2005, he made the All-State first team.
PERSONAL: He's an American studies and ethnicity major at USC. His grandfather, Jack, lettered in football at Arizona for 3 years (1930-32).
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Lane Kiffin: "He's one of the leaders on our team, by the way he practices, not by what he says."
KRISTOFER O'DOWD ON: His on-field personality: "On the field, I'm a whole other person. I just want to win. I want to score. I want to drive for a lot of yards. When I don't, it gets me more steamed. I like to take it out on other people. That's what's so great about our position. That's our job. It's the greatest feeling to put someone on their back and know that they know what happened...In my position, it's hard because you can't lose control. You need to stay mentally into it to make the calls...I'm hard on myself a lot. I'm my worst enemy sometimes. If I do something wrong on the field, it really bothers me. It gets me fired up."