Overall: Finalist for the Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Award for 2010...one of 15 Players to Watch for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award, one of just two defensive players...leads the nation in sacks through games of November 20 with 15.5, he is second in tackles for loss per game with 24 in 11 games...has already set Clemson record for sacks in a season by a defensive lineman, he broke the record of 12.5 set in 2006 by Gaines Adams...Adams and Bowers were close friends when Adams died suddenly in February of 2010 and he wears #93, the same number Adams wore at Clemson from 2003-06...broke Gaines Adams record for consecutive games with a sack when he had two at Wake Forest...he now has at least one in nine straight games...needs one to set Clemson overall record for sacks in a season...Keith Adams (LB) had 16 in 1999...has 43 career tackles for loss, sixth among active FBS players...has 19.5 career sacks, 9th among Active players...he is just a junior...has overcome death of his father, which took place during Clemson's fall camp...gifted musician who has been guitarist in his father's Gospel band for the last few years.
2010: Second on Clemson team in tackles (63), and leads in tackles for loss (24), sacks (15.5) an quarterback pressures (17)...his 24 tackles for loss have resulted in 150 lost yards for Clemson's opponents...had three sacks in win over Maryland and was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for that week...that is a personal high for Bowers in terms of sacks in a game...first Clemson player with three sacks in a game since 2001...has played well against the top teams, he had nine first hits and four tackles for loss to go with a sack at now second ranked Auburn...had eight tackles, including two tackles for loss, a sack and an interception at Florida State...had seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss against Miami (FL)...had two sacks at North Carolina and in the win over NC State...Clemson is sixth in the nation in fewest touchdowns allowed and ninth in scoring defense and Bowers is the main reason...Tigers also lead the ACC in scoring defense...has more sacks than 23 FBS teams this year.
2009: Eighth on the team in tackles with 58 even though he missed most of three games...suffered a knee injury on the first play of the Coastal Carolina game...missed rest of that game and the Florida State and N.C. State games...came back to play 12 snaps against Virginia and was full go over the last three games...finished the year with six tackles in 54 plays as a starter in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...had career-high 11 tackles against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game...the total included nine first hits...played career-high 56 snaps in that game...was playing at an All-ACC level until the injury, he had eight tackles for loss and three sacks in the first six games of the year...had seven tackles in the game at Georgia Tech...had six tackles, including a sack, against Boston College...had five tackles against TCU and was Clemson's defensive player-of-the-game according to Tiger coaches...had seven tackles, including two sacks, at Maryland...had season-high three tackles for loss in the win over Wake Forest, he had six tackles in that game...ninth in the ACC in sacks even though he missed three games due to injury...was 10th in the league in tackles for loss...averaged a tackle every 8.19 plays, eighth-best on the team and fifth-best among returning players for 2010.
2008: Had 47 tackles, most among Tiger defensive linemen and eighth-most on the team...averaged a tackle every 10.21 snaps, second-best among defensive linemen...third-team freshman All-American by Phil Steele...honorable mention freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com...started six games and played 480 snaps, more than any other non-starter...had four tackles and a sack against The Citadel...had four tackles in 37 snaps as a starter against Maryland...had 29 of his 47 tackles in the last seven games...had five tackles in 34 snaps against Georgia Tech and played two snaps on offense in short-yardage situation...had a key recovered fumble in the second half at Boston College...had 20 tackles in the last four games...had five tackles and two tackles for loss against Duke...had four tackles and a tackle for loss at Virginia...had five tackles against South Carolina...only had one sack, but he led the team in quarterback pressures (15)...had three pass breakups.
Before Clemson: Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2008 following his high school graduation in December of 2007...#1 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com; he became the first Tiger signee to be the nation's top-rated prospect...#2 prospect in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com, #8 prospect by SuperPrep, and #14 prospect by Tom Lemming...first-team All-American by Scout.com...played in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American game; he was the defensive MVP when he had four tackles for loss...first-team All-American by EA Sports...#1 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...#2 prospect in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#1 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com...#2 prospect in South Carolina and #2 defensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...played at the same high school that sent fellow defensive end Ricky Sapp to Clemson...South Carolina Gatorade Player-of-the-Year as a senior...two-time AP All-State pick...had 267 tackles, 90 tackles for loss, and 37 sacks in his career...had 97 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and three recovered fumbles as a senior...had a 40-yard average on kickoff returns as a senior...had over 1,200 rushing yards as a senior and 840 as a junior...coached by Ron Duncan...recruited by Ron West...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech...born Feb. 23, 1990...majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide