2008: O'Dowd, who played well while starting early in 2007 as just a freshman before getting hurt, will start at center as a sophomore in 2008. He is on the "Watch List" for the 2008 Rimington Trophy. He had arthroscopic surgery on his knee prior to 2008 spring practice.
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 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 has a B- average (2.80 GPA) at USC. His grandfather, Jack, lettered in football at Arizona for 3 years (1930-32).