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23 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Daron Bowles

In which BracketCat counts down the 23rd day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Daron Bowles.

#23 Cre Moore
Cre Moore’s graduation allowed fellow defensive back Daron Bowles to switch from No. 26 to No. 23 during the offseason.
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#23 Daron Bowles

Redshirt Junior | 5-9 | 185 lbs. | Stone Mountain, Georgia
Daron Bowles
Daron Bowles
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: Diablo Valley College
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Daron H. Bowles (b. March 30, 1997) is an athletic player who redshirted during the 2017 season following a successful community college career.

A walk-on defensive back from Diablo Valley College who was a high school teammate of K-State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber, he now will compete for playing time in the secondary and on special teams after posting two solo tackles for Purple in the 2018 spring game.

Bowles played under head coach Ron Gartrell for Stephenson High School, where he helped to lead the Jaguars to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs.

He later transferred to Stone Mountain High School, where he picked up first-team all-region and all-county honors as an all-purpose player, and totaled 82 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups during his career.

Bowles then played two seasons for Diablo Valley under head coach Mike Darr, totaling 55 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack, three passes defended and an interception during his sophomore campaign with the Vikings.

He registered a career-high 10 tackles against De Anza, a game in which he had 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup.

Bowles also had 1.5 tackles for loss against Contra Costa, carded eight tackles at Sacramento City and recorded his interception against Feather River, against which he also picked up a season-high seven tackles during his first game as a freshman.

Bowles’ father, Daryl, played running back at Arkansas under legendary head coach Lou Holtz from 1979 to 1982 and led the Razorbacks in rushing as a senior.