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8 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Daron Bowles

In which BracketCat counts down the ninth day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Daron Bowles.

#23 Daron Bowles
Daron Bowles (23) saw some spotty playing time last season. Now, after a jersey change to No. 8, he will look to make more of an impact in 2019.
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#8 Daron Bowles

Redshirt Senior | 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.

He played in one game in 2018, recording a tackle at Baylor, and will look to push for more playing time during 2019 while also majoring in communication studies.

A walk-on defensive back transfer from Diablo Valley College who was a high school teammate of former K-State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber, Bowles posted two solo tackles for the Purple team in the 2018 spring game.

He 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.

Bowles 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.

He 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.

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

He 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.