Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Andros Townsend
Favorite Pro Stadium: Comerica Park
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Matt Gibbs
Toughest Hitter/Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Josh Estill
Current MLB Hitter/Pitcher He'd Most Like to Face: Miguel Cabrera
Person He'd Most Like to Have Dinner With: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Night Games
In His MP3 Player: Cris Cab
Last Concert He Attended: Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller
Favorite Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Film Favorites: Actor: Matt Damon, Actress: Olivia Wilde, Director: J.J. Abrams
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Shepherd's Pie
Favorite Purdue Building: Armstrong Hall
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Grand Marais, Michigan
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: New Zealand
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Fishing
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Furry Friend: Maizie, Golden Retriever
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: 2013 start against UIC
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Vincent Bralts, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
2013 Season Academic All-Big Ten... Downs pitched in five games, making three starts... started midweek games against Illinois-Chicago, Ball State and Eastern Michigan... Mr. Boilermaker Award recipient for postitive attitude... worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless two-hit relief in his team debut, giving Purdue a chance to win in the midweek home game against Indiana State... pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first win as the start in the home win against UIC... follow that up with a quality start (6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 K) in a no decision at Ball State... struck out a season-high five versus UIC.
2012 Season Did not see action during his first season with the Boilermakers... redshirted.
High School Downs was a two-time varsity letter-winner at back-to-back IHSAA 4A state champion Carroll High School in Fort Wayne... also a three-year letter-winner in soccer... went 12-1 with two saves to tie the CHS single-season wins record as a senior... was the winning pitcher in the 2011 IHSAA state title game... first team all-conference and Fort Wayne News Sentinel All-Area honoree as a senior also compiled a 2.52 ERA with 70 strikeouts vs. 18 walks in 80 2/3 innings pitched... went 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA as a junior, helping CHS win the 2010 IHSAA 4A title... four-year honor roll student ranked eighth among his graduating class of 441 in GPA... National Honor Society.
Personal Full name is Gavin Stewart Downs... born Oct. 21, 1992 in Fort Wayne... son of Phil and Joleen Downs... family also includes older sister Rebecca, who runs cross country and track at IUPUI... father played soccer at IPFW... majoring in environmental and natural resources engineering with a career ambition of working to improve sustainable water systems for the American infrastructure.