Nov. 16, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been named one of 15 “Players to Watch” for the 2010 National Player of the Year Award presented by the Walter Camp Foundation. Bowers and Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley are the only two defensive players on the list.
The list of five finalists will be announced on December 1 and the winner will be announced on December 9 during the 6:00 PM edition of ESPN Sports Center. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet at Yale University in New Haven, CT on January 15, 2011.
Bowers leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 and is second in tackles for loss with 22. He leads the Clemson team in tackles with 60. The sack total is already a Clemson season record for a defensive lineman and second most in school history behind the 16 Keith Adams recorded in 1999. His tackle for loss total is the most by a Clemson defensive lineman since 1991 when Rob Bodine had 27.
Bowers has recorded a sack in eight straight games, tying the record of eight by Gaines Adams in 2006. Bowers will look to break that mark on Saturday when the Tigers play at Wake Forest.
The native of Bamberg, SC has also been named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award and one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award.
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