SAN JOSE -- Dwight Lowery was back at his old stamping grounds on Wednesday as the Jacksonville Jaguars practiced at his alma mater San Jose State.
"It's been a while since I've been back here," Lowry said after the team's early workout on the practice field. "It's just cool to reminisce a little bit but at the same time we've got to get ready for the Seahawks."
The Jaguars are in town because they faced the Raiders on Sunday and play in Seattle this weekend. Rather than make two cross-country flights, they elected to stay nearby in Fremont and practice at SJSU.
Not a ton has changed since Lowery, a Santa Cruz native, last played at San Jose State in 2007, but he was impressed with the field that now features turf and the new Spartan head logo installed this offseason.
"The field looks real nice," Lowery said. "I love the logo, it's very clean. They've established a winning culture here so that's positive. I'm proud of the program in general."
Lowery enjoyed basking in SJSU's success last season, particularly in the setting of an NFL locker room where players love to brag about their collegiate teams' success.
"Guys talk about it every week," Lowery said. Every time there's the big games on. Especially the players from the SEC, they're really prideful. It's where you come from so you've got to represent it. When you're doing good, you've got to let them know. When you're not doing so well, you've still got to stay strong with it. It's fun at that level being able to support your team and also talk a little trash."
Lowery was part of the 2006 New Mexico Bowl championship team that struggled to a 5-7 season the following year. That enables him to deliver some advice to the current squad, which is looking to give the program back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1986-87.
"Just because you went to a bowl game one year, doesn't mean you're going to go the next year," Lowery said. "You can't just assume it's going to be a regular occurrence. Just like the NFL, the teams that you're competing against, they're trying to get better. They have new recruits coming in and you've got guys that are hungry. And coaches have their jobs on the line. There's a lot of factors that come into creating a special program and a special team."
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