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Bowman paces 49ers in shutout; Quartet of Nittany Lions selected as team captains
The 2016 Pro Bowl will air live on ESPN at 8 p.m. Sunday
Penn State alums playing on 21 NFL teams; 10 former Nittany Lions are on NFL coaching staffs
Nittany Lions become eligible for their 45th all-time bowl game with win over Temple
2008 Junior Season
Faced with the loss of 2007 All-American Dan Connor to graduation and 2008 All-America candidate Sean Lee to a serious knee injury in spring practice, Bowman combined with Josh Hull and Tyrell Sales to keep the high level of productivity going for "Linebacker U." Bowman played an instrumental role in Penn State being ranked in the Top 10 of three primary defensive categories, including No. 8 in scoring defense at 14.4 ppg. Bowman led the Nittany Lions in total tackles (106), solos (61), and assisted tackles (45), was second in tackles for loss (16.5) and tied for third in sacks (4.0). He also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, grabbed an interception and had five pass breakups. Selected first-team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches, Bowman was the league's No. 8 tackler and he ranked No. 5 in minus-yardage plays. He compiled double-figures in hits five times, including three of the biggest wins -- Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon State. Bowman was selected a first-team Mid-Season All-American by Phil Steele's 2009 College Football and led the Lions in tackles seven times. He finished the season with a heavy heart and an outstanding performance. Bowman played against Southern California in the 2009 Rose Bowl one day after his high school coach and friend, Nick Lynch, was killed in an automobile accident in Maryland. He paid tribute to his coach by breaking the Penn State bowl record with five tackles for loss (minus-21 yards), also tying the Rose Bowl record set by Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer in the 1997 game. He also recorded his fourth sack of the season among his eight tackles (seven solo) against the Trojans. For his superb efforts against USC, Bowman was selected to ESPN.com's 2008-09 All-Bowl team, one of two Big Ten players named to the squad. In the 45-14 win over Oregon State, Bowman notched a then career-high 10 tackles and had a pass breakup. In his first career start, Bowman reset his career-highs in tackles (11), tackles for loss (5.0) and sacks (3.0) and grabbed an interception, which he returned 29 yards deep into Temple territory. For his efforts against the Owls, he was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week. In the victory over Illinois, he led Penn State with 10 tackles, recorded one pass breakup and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. Bowman helped limit the potent Purdue offense to just six points by registering seven tackles (six solo), including two for a loss. He fronted a defense that held Michigan to just 87 yards and no points over the final 43:10 in Penn State's 46-17 thumping, tying his career-high with 11 tackles, including one for loss. He came up big in the tough 13-6 win at Ohio State. Bowman hustled in a big scramble to recover a Terrelle Pryor fumble at the Ohio State 38 to set up Penn State's game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. He posted his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season, totaling 10, including one TFL, and added a pass breakup against the Buckeyes. Bowman was named the ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game and received one of six helmet stickers from the ESPN college football studio team. Bowman tied for the team lead in tackles with eight, including one TFL, at Iowa. He recorded four solo tackles in Penn State's Big Ten title-clinching win over Michigan State. He was a key part of a defensive unit that held All-American Javon Ringer to a season-low 42 yards rushing. Bowman was on the field for 702 snaps, led by 72 plays against USC and 67 against Illinois.
2007 Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Bowman played in nine contests, missing the Iowa and Wisconsin games due to a sprained ankle suffered in the contest at Illinois. He recorded 16 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, with one sack, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and a pass breakup. Bowman made a strong debut, forcing and recovering a fumble, partially blocking a punt and making two solo tackles in the 59-0 season-opening win over Florida International. He registered his first career sack against Ohio State, taking down the Buckeyes' Todd Boeckman for a six-yard loss. Bowman made a season-high three tackles each in the games with Buffalo and Ohio State, with two stops each against Florida International, Notre Dame and Purdue. He saw action on 307 snaps on defense and special teams, led by 59 plays at Michigan.
2006 Freshman Season
Bowman was a standout linebacker and tailback for the late Coach Nick Lynch at Suitland HS. Bowman missed most of his senior season with a shoulder injury, but he had a very impressive junior campaign. He recorded an amazing 165 tackles, with nine sacks and three fumble recoveries and ran for 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns. For his superlative efforts, he was selected the Maryland Defensive Player-of-the-Year, first-team all-state, Washington Post first-team All-Met and first-team all-conference.
Full name is Navorro R. Bowman. He is majoring in crime, law and justice and is on schedule to graduate in December, less than four years after enrolling. Born May 28, 1988.
Bowman's 2008 Game-by-Game
Tackles (Total-Solo-Assists) Coastal Carolina 6-3-3; Oregon State 10-4-6; Syracuse 8-5-3; Temple 11-8-3; Illinois 10-5-5; Purdue 7-6-1; Wisconsin 8-5-3; Michigan 11-4-7; Ohio State 10-4-6; Iowa 8-4-4; Indiana 5-2-3; Michigan State 4-4-0; USC 8-7-1.
Bowman's 2007 Game-by-Game
Tackles (Total-Solo-Assists) Florida International 2-2-0; Notre Dame 2-1-1; Buffalo 3-0-3; Michigan 1-0-1; Illinois 2-0-2; Iowa-INJ; Wisconsin-INJ; Indiana 0-0-0; Ohio State 3-1-2; Purdue 2-0-2; Temple 1-0-1; Michigan State-DNP; Texas A&M-DNP.