Meet Alabama football's most interesting opponent for Week 4 vs. Southern Miss, the grandson of a Crimson Tide great

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa is where everything started for Southern Miss quarterback Woodrow “Trey” Lowe III. Literally.

He was born there.

Lowe III’s parents, Woodrow Lowe Jr. and Zaneta Lowe, met while students at the University of Alabama. If the name Woodrow Lowe sounds familiar, it’s because of Lowe III’s grandfather.

The original Woodrow Lowe holds Alabama’s all-time record for most tackles in a season with 134. He earned All-SEC and All-American recognition from 1973-75. The linebacker played on the 1973 national championship team before later being named to the Alabama All-Decade team and earning a spot in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

Lowe went on to have a long career in the NFL and was voted to the Chargers’ 40th anniversary All-Time team.

And now the grandson of the Alabama great is set to play against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa this season.

“He’s taught me a lot throughout the years,” Lowe III told The Tuscaloosa News. “I’m very thankful to have him in my life.”

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That word fits Lowe III, considering few have the Alabama connections he does as an opponent.

Most of his family went to UA. Uncles, aunts, both sets of grandparents, you name it. His great uncle, Eddie Lowe, also played for Alabama as a walk-on linebacker.

The family is filled with defensive players, but Lowe III didn't follow that path. 

“I’ve had challenges where people don’t think I could play quarterback,” Lowe III said. “People just assumed I wanted to play defense and do that side of things. I’ve always had to tell people I’m a quarterback and I’ve been a quarterback first.”

He started throwing the football at age 4. His dad, Lowe Jr., served as his coach for most of his life. Lowe Jr. is now head football coach at Fayette-Ware High School in Tennessee.

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Nov 7, 2020; Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles quarterback Trey Lowe (8) looks to throw a pass in the first half against the North Alabama Lions at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Granddad always let dad provide more football advice, Lowe III said. The main thing that Lowe has communicated to his grandson over the years is that he wants him to have fun and enjoy what he’s doing.

Lowe III first played for West Virginia in 2018 and 2019, where he saw action in five games as a redshirt freshman. Then he transferred to Southern Miss, where he played in four games in 2020, completing 36 of 59 passes for 433 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

He will be a redshirt junior this season as he travels to a place on Sept. 25 where the name Woodrow Lowe is well known.

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Lowe III said expectations have always been high because of his name. He welcomes all that comes with being a Woodrow Lowe, though.

“It means everything to me,” Lowe III said. “That name holds weight. When people hear that name, they either know my dad or granddad. I’m just trying to put more weight on my name, help the legacy and not do anything to hurt it. Always do things to help it. It’s time for me to do it as well."

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