Da'Sean Downey
University of Massachusetts- Amherst
White Plains, NY
240 lbs.

Da’Sean Downey is going into his second season with the Pirates for the 2022 season. Downey was a key performer in helping the Pirates have the best defense in the IFL and ultimately hoist up the trophy in United Bowl last season. Downey set three records for the Pirates.

During his dominant performance last season, Downey started in eight regular season contests and made seven solo tackles with 19 assists for a total of 26 stops. He also had seven tackles for a loss, four sacks, broke up one pass, and forced two fumbles. His breakout game was vs. the Frisco Fighters when he notched three solo tackles and added four assists along with 1.5 stops for a loss for two yards and 1.5 sacks.

With those impressive statistics, Downey was able to set three Pirates records in 2021. During the Pirates’ regular season victory 68-44 over the Arizona Rattlers, he set a single-game record and became the only Pirate to force two fumbles in a game. His knack for making team history continued in the postseason as he set a record for most tackles for a loss in a playoff game with three in the Pirates 43-22 victory over the Frisco Fighters enabling Massachusetts to advance to the United Bowl. In the championship game, Downey established Massachusetts’ All-Time postseason mark of 4.5 tackles for a loss as he posted another 1.5 TFL in the Pirates’ 37-34 overtime win over Arizona.

After playing collegiately at UMass, the 6’4” 225 lbs. Defensive Lineman signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. During 2019, he played in six games for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League recording four tackles with one sack. During that same year, he appeared in nine games for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football posting six tackles, 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, forced one fumble, and recovered another.

During his time at UMass, the White Plains, NY native took the field in 42 games, made 184 tackles, had 34 tackles for a loss, recorded 12 sacks, one interception, defended six passes and forced four fumbles. Downey was a First-Team All ECAC selection after his senior season in 2017 as he amassed 58 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and six sacks in 11 games.

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