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16 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Derek Bowman

In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Derek Bowman.

#16 Matthew McCrane
Matthew McCrane (16) has graduated and now is kicking for the Arizona Cardinals. Into his number steps freshman defensive back Derek Bowman.
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Goal No. 16: RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your own performance.

#16 Derek Bowman

True Freshman | 6-1 | 212 lbs. | Manhattan, Kansas
Derek Bowman
Derek Bowman
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: Walk-On

Derek Andrew Bowman (b. May 28, 1998) is a homeschooled walk-on defensive back from Manhattan. He is pretty much a stone-cold lock to redshirt in 2018 as he adjusts to college.

Bowman played “high school” ball for the Manhattan Eagles, a team comprised of homeschooled players from the Manhattan area.

He helped the Eagles to earn a 10-2 record and a state runner-up finish as a junior in 2015.

Bowman also earned first-team All-Kansas Christian Athletic Association (KCAA) honors as a defensive back on three occasions, while he was a first-team honoree at running back as a junior and senior after earning second-team accolades as a sophomore.

He totaled 5,404 rushing yards and 118 total touchdowns during his career, in addition to 17 interceptions, and also lettered in basketball, earning first-team All-KCAA accolades as a senior.

Bowman’s mother, Traci, also attended K-State. He is majoring in kinesiology.