Hawks’ Devante Downs out for season with torn ACL

Devante Downs at Corvallis camp. © 2013 Mark Hopkins Photography - All Rights Reserved - Used with permission

Devante Downs at the Corvallis camp. © 2013 Mark Hopkins Photography – All Rights Reserved – Used with permission

The high school football career of Mountlake Terrace Hawks Devante Downs is over, as the senior running back learned this week he has a torn ACL.

The injury occurred at a four-day team camp held at Oregon State University in Corvallis June 21-24, said Terrace head football coach Tony Umayam. “At the time he was told it was just hyper-extended. The fact that it did not heal as quickly as we thought prompted him to get an MRI,” Umayam said, adding that the test results showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Downs was expected to draw plenty of attention from college scouts and the media this season as he had been identified as one of the top prospects in the state. Downs ran for 1,266 yards and 23 touchdowns last year and helped the Hawks reach the postseason for just the second time in school history.

“I just felt terrible when I heard about it,” Umayam said Tuesday. “It is so sad when such an impactful player isn’t able to go out and compete with his team his senior season.”

Though the injury will keep Downs off the field this fall, Umayam believes the 6-3, 230-pound running back will be able to return to playing football. “Even though his football playing days at Mountlake Terrace are over, I’m confident he still has a lot of good football ahead of him at the next level,” he said.

Downs had spent some of the past year visiting college campuses and entertaining scholarship offers from prospective college football programs. Downs drew interest from a number of Pac-12 schools including Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Arizona and Stanford. Downs visited the two conference schools in the Bay Area — Stanford and Cal — this past May.

The loss of Downs is a blow to a MTHS Hawks team that had high expectations, but may now see 2013 as a rebuilding year. “Obviously it leaves a tremendous gap that will take the efforts of multiple people to try to help fill,” Umayam said.

Terrace begins fall practices on Aug. 21; the Hawks open the season with a home game against Stanwood at 5 p.m. on Sept. 6, at Edmonds District Stadium.

– By Doug Petrowski

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3 Comments

  1. Steve Willits  /  July 30, 2013, 9:54 am Reply

    Awful news!!! Devante has played such an integral role in the success of MTHS football over the past 3 years and I was looking forward to watching him in 2013, he is without question the best football player to step onto the field for the Hawks in at least the past 35 years and possibly ever. I did get a chance to watch him at practice last month and was amazed at how much quicker he looked and how his lateral movement had improved. His career at Terrace is over but his best days are still ahead of him. One very lucky college is going to get an outstanding scholar/athlete who will now have something to prove. I cannot wait to watch him playing and dominating on Saturdays over the next few year.

    Steve Willits
    Play by Play Announcer- Mountlake Terrace Hawks

    • Mark Hopkins  /  July 30, 2013, 10:15 am Reply

      Well said Steve, and I totally agree that his best years are still to be experienced. Sad that our Hawks can’t utilize his extreme talent, but some lucky college will. Fortunately though, we have other great talent on the team that now have to give a bit more. They can do it!

  2. John Lamb  /  July 30, 2013, 4:41 pm Reply

    Hoping to see Devante on the field in Gold and Blue at Memorial Stadium in 2014… Good luck with your rehab!

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