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11 PLUS 1 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Derek Bowman

In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Derek Bowman.

#47 Alex Hrebec
In the offseason, former defensive back Derek Bowman switched to linebacker and adopted the No. 47 jersey worn by predecessor Alex Hrebec.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Disclaimer: As the 2020 football season still is “technically” scheduled to proceed as planned in Manhattan, with the recent delay of our season opener until Sept. 12 against Arkansas State, we will reset and continue this Countdown for just a little bit longer...

Goal No. 11: DON’T ACCEPT LOSING. If you do so one time, it will be easy to do so for the rest of your life.

#47 Derek Bowman

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-1 | 220 lbs. | Manhattan, Kansas
Derek Bowman
Derek Bowman
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Derek Andrew Bowman (b. May 28, 1998) is a homeschooled walk-on defensive back-turned-linebacker from Manhattan.

Bowman, who is majoring in kinesiology, redshirted in 2018 and saw action in a reserve role against Bowling Green in 2019.

He played “high school” ball for the Manhattan Eagles, a team composed of homeschooled players from the Manhattan area, and 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 in his career, plus 17 interceptions, and also lettered in basketball, earning first-team All-KCAA accolades as a senior.

Bowman’s mother, Traci, also attended K-State.