Brock Bowers

American football player (born 2002)

American football player
Brock Bowers
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Bowers at Georgia's championship parade in 2022
No. 89 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (2002-12-13) December 13, 2002 (age 21)
Napa, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:Napa (Napa)
College:Georgia (2021–2023)
NFL draft:2024 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
  • Las Vegas Raiders (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Brock Allen Bowers (born December 13, 2002) is an American football tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs, where he was a two-time national champion and John Mackey Award winner and holds the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 13. A three-time All-American, Bowers has been cited among the greatest tight ends in college football history and was selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.

Early life and high school

Bowers was born on December 13, 2002, in Napa, California.[1][2][3] His parents met at Utah State University, where his mother was an All-American softball player who was later inducted into the schools athletic Hall of Fame and his father was an All-Big West center on the school’s football team.[4][5] After graduating, his mother became a high school math teacher and softball coach, while his father founded a construction company.[4][6][5] His sister plays softball at Sacramento State.[7] Growing up Bowers played a variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball and soccer.[1]

Bowers attended Napa High School in Napa, California, where he played football and basketball.[8] As a freshman he played quarterback for the school’s junior varsity team, running the triple option.[1] Bowers joined the varsity team as a sophomore, playing tight end and linebacker, and received his first college offer from Nevada.[1] Following his sophomore season, he attended a Nike camp where his athleticism gained the attention of college scouts and led to him receiving about a dozen offers.[1][8] As a junior, Bowers accounted for 1,499 all-purpose yards and set a school record with 14 touchdown receptions, helping lead Napa to the state playoffs just one year after the team finished 0–10.[5][9] For his efforts he was named the Napa County Player of the Year.[10] Bowers entered his senior season as a preseason All-American but the season was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions in California.[11][7][1] Unable to play or train due to restrictions, he stayed in shape by running up and down the hills of Napa.[8] Despite not playing as a senior, he would still be named to the All-American Bowl.[12]

Recruiting

Bowers was a highly sought-after prospect, deemed a four-star recruit and the second-ranked tight end of his class by 247Sports, although some programs such as Notre Dame would recruit him as a linebacker.[13][7] Despite being from the West Coast, Bowers wanted to play college football in the South due to the region's passion for the sport, later stating “It is a little different (in the South) — people just care a lot more about football, it’s like a religion out here."[5][7] He ultimately committed to play college football at the University of Georgia under Kirby Smart, citing his relationship with the team's tight ends coach Todd Hartley and a desire to play as a freshman as additional factors in his commitment.[14][15][1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date[16][17][18]
Brock Bowers
TE
Napa, California Napa High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) N/A Aug 10, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 83
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

2021

An early enrollee, Bowers arrived at Georgia in January 2021.[19] As a true freshman, he was originally set to share playing time with fellow tights ends Darnell Washington and Arik Gilbert.[1] However, Washington broke his foot and Gilbert stepped away from the team for personal reasons, leaving Bowers as the team's primary option at tight end.[1] In his first career game, Bowers led the Bulldogs in receiving with six catches for 43 yards in a 10–3 win over Clemson.[20][21] The following week against UAB, he caught his first two touchdowns, including a career-long 89-yard reception, and recorded his first 100-yard performance in a 56–7 win.[22] Two weeks later against Vanderbilt, Bowers caught two touchdowns and rushed for another en route to a blowout victory.[23] On October 16, he had another 100-yard performance, catching five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 30–13 defeat of Kentucky.[24] Bowers had additional multi-touchdown performances against Charleston Southern and rival Georgia Tech.[25][26] In the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, Bowers caught 10 passes (the most by a tight end in SEC Championship history) for a then career-high 139 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs 41–24 loss, their first of the season.[27] Despite the loss to Alabama, Georgia qualified for the College Football Playoff as the third seed.[28] In the Orange Bowl semifinal against Michigan, Bowers made five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in a 34–11 win, sending Georgia to the national championship game.[29][30] In the championship game, Georgia faced off against Alabama, who had handed the Bulldogs their lone loss of the season a month prior.[30] Bowers caught four passes in the game, including a crucial touchdown with just over three minutes remaining which extended the Bulldogs' lead to eight points.[31] Georgia defeated Alabama 33–18, capturing their first national championship since 1980.[31]

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Bowers was named SEC Freshman of the Year and was included on the All-SEC first team and All-American second team.[32][33] He finished the season as Georgia's leading receiver with 56 receptions for 882 yards and a program record 13 receiving touchdowns.[34][35][36] He also had 56 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[35]

2022

Following his strong freshman season, Bowers entered the 2022 season with high expectations, and was named a preseason All-American.[37] In the Bulldogs season opener against Oregon, he had two receptions for 38 yards in a 49–3 victory.[35] Two weeks later, against South Carolina, Bowers caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another touchdown in a 48–7 win.[38] The following week against Kent State, he would have the best game of his career on the ground, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns in a 39–22 victory.[39][40] In the Bulldogs victory over Florida, Bowers recorded a career-high 154 receiving yards on five receptions, including an improbable 73 yard touchdown catch off of a deflection which some media outlets dubbed the "catch of the season".[41][42] Following a victory over LSU in the SEC Championship, the undefeated Bulldogs advanced to the College Football Playoff as the no. 1 seed.[43] In the Peach Bowl semi-final against Ohio State, Bowers caught four passes for 64 yards, including a crucial fourth down conversion in the final quarter to extend an eventual touchdown drive.[44][35] Georgia would defeat Ohio State 42–41 to advance to the national championship.[45] In the championship game, he caught a season-high seven passes for 152 yards and a touchdown on his final catch of the year to help Georgia capture their second consecutive national championship in a 65–7 blowout of TCU, the largest margin of victory in championship history.[46][47]

At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Bowers was named a first team All-American and won the John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end.[48][49] He once again finished the season as Georgia's leading receiver with 63 receptions for 942 yards and seven touchdowns as well as 109 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.[35][50]

2023

Bowers won the John Mackey Award again in 2023, making him the only two-time winner for that award.[51] He won the award despite missing three games in 2023 due to an ankle injury. He still led Georgia in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, something he accomplished in all three of his seasons at UGA.[52] In 10 games, Bowers caught 56 passes for 714 yards and six touchdowns.[53] Bowers declared for the 2024 NFL draft following the 2023 season.[54] A three-time All-American, he has been cited as among the greatest tight ends in college football history.[55][56][57][58]

Statistics

Georgia Bulldogs
Season Games Receiving Rushing
GP GS Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2021 15 13 56 882 15.8 13 4 56 14.0 1
2022 15 15 63 942 15.0 7 9 109 12.1 3
2023 10 10 56 714 12.8 6 6 28 4.7 1
Career 40 38 175 2,538 14.5 26 19 193 10.2 5

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 3+18 in
(1.91 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
All values from NFL Combine[59][60]

Bowers was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 13th overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.[61]

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