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16 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Derek Bowman

In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Derek Bowman.

#16 Terrance Sweeney
Derek Bowman is the first defensive back I can remember to sport No. 16 since Terrance Sweeney (16) back in the early days of Snyder 2.0.
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Goal No. 16: RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your own performance.

#16 Derek Bowman

Redshirt Freshman | 6-1 | 215 lbs. | Manhattan, Kansas
Derek Bowman
Derek Bowman
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Derek Andrew Bowman (b. May 28, 1998) is a homeschooled walk-on defensive back from Manhattan. He redshirted in 2018 and is majoring in kinesiology.

Bowman played “high school” ball for the Manhattan Eagles, a team composed 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.