end Clive Lowe is a winner
and off the field
Jean Arthur · MSU Communications Services
Clive Lowe fought off a block and pulled down Montana
quarterback Craig Ochs late in the third quarter--Lowe's
fifth sack of the season--the 20-year-old defensive
end knew the Bobcats could beat the Grizzlies. The
pivotal November-day play helped the 'Cats defeat
the Grizzlies in the 103rd meeting of the cross-state
rivals. The victory crowned Bobcats as the Co-Big
Sky Conference Champions.
defensive line played a big part in stopping the
Grizzlies. Lowe, a 6-foot-3-inch, 226-pound, redshirt
freshman with a reputation for tackles and sacks,
found his way to the quarterback.
is a little light for his size, but effective," said defensive
coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. "He is strong and explosive, and
uses his long arms to keep linemen away. With continued effort
in the weight room and improved diet, Clive could eventually
be 265 pounds."
Lowe faced on a chilly Bozeman afternoon seemed a long way from
the sunny Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods where Lowe spent his
childhood playing street basketball.
knew his father, and holds only faint memories of his mother.
Lowe was three years old when his mother, Santrail Lowe, left
to go to the grocery store--and never returned. She was murdered.
Raised by his grandmother Maggie De Lions, and cousin Jeff London,
Lowe focused on sports.
some Pop Warner league football as a kid, but you know, they
never let me on the field in games," said Lowe, smiling at the
London, helped him develop a love of sports and encouraged Lowe
to play football as well as succeed academically. As a high
school freshman, Lowe made the JV football team. As an MSU redshirt
freshman, he gained understanding of the playbook and gained
some of the bulk he needed--30 pounds--on "Gran's sweet potato
pie" and fast-food fries. He also accrued an understanding of
a rivalry that crosses the Continental Divide, checkerboards
neighborhoods and intermingles with Montana politics.
played in a game that big," he said of the 'Cat/Griz match.
"The energy in the stadium was bigger than both teams. The crowd's
energy was wonderful. When we won, the fans came on the field
and grabbed us and hugged us."
for Lowe, and the moment when he knew a win was within a 'Cat's
claw reach, was when he dragged the quarterback to the grass
and prevented a Grizzly first down. His tackle for a loss in
the fourth quarter stopped the opposition's march and shored
up a Big Sky Co-Championship.
a doer rather than a watcher. His inner strength comes from
his love of his family and church. He doesn't get "pumped up"
for games. Instead, his "self talk" visualizes plays, recognizes
his own abilities and primes him to "give the hits rather than
take the hits."
watch television sports because "they're boring." He does, however,
acknowledge that it's the team's leaders who influence his play:
seniors Jon Montoya, Adam Cordeiro and junior Ray Sebestyen.
is an impressive athlete," said defensive end and team captain,
Jon Montoya. "His speed and quickness are why he is successful
on the field. Clive and others in the defensive squad, Travis
Nellermoe and Ryan Cogley, have always found a way to the quarterback."
for Lowe, is his grandmother. The first place he lands during
college breaks is at Gran's--and not just for the home cooking.
Next for Lowe is a visit with his cousin, London, whom Lowe
calls "Pops." Lastly, Lowe spends time working at the Boys and
Girls Club where he spent many afternoons as a teen.
to give a little bit back to the Boys and Girls Club, so I work
as Game Room staff," said Lowe. "The kids ask if I'm starting
(in games). I like to talk to them about staying in school,
doing well. I don't lecture them, and they catch on."
| Lowe catches
on too. He recently switched majors to education. He stays fit.
He intends to add strength and weight thanks to Grans and her
sweet potato pie.
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