Jan. 21, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Sophomore linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) has been selected to ESPN.com's 2008-09 All-Bowl Team in honor of his standout performance in Penn State's Rose Bowl clash with USC.
One of just two Big Ten players named to the All-Bowl team, Bowman broke the Penn State bowl record by totaling five tackles for loss (minus-21 yards), also tying the Rose Bowl record set by Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer in the 1997 game. Bownan broke the school post-season mark of four minus-yardage hits by Courtney Brown (1999 Outback) and Justin Kurpeikis (1999 Alamo).
The former Suitland High School standout also recorded his fourth sack of the season among his eight tackles (seven solo) against the Trojans. Bowman played against USC one day after his high school coach and friend, Nick Lynch, was killed in an automobile accident.
Bowman's selection marks the fourth consecutive year that at least one Nittany Lion has been named to ESPN.com's All-Bowl Team. Defensive tackle Jay Alford was selected for the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, safety Anthony Scirrotto earned a spot for the 2007 Outback Bowl and linebacker Sean Lee and center A.Q. Shipley were recognized for the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl, which was Penn State's third consecutive bowl win.
Bowman earned his first career start in the fourth game of the 2008 season (Temple) and quickly emerged as one of the Big Ten's top defensive players for "Linebacker U." The first team All-Big Ten honoree led the Nittany Lions in total tackles (106), solos (61), and assisted tackles (45), ranked second in tackles for loss (16.5), and finished tied for third on the team in sacks. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble and grabbed an interception, which he returned 29 yards.
He led the Nittany Lions in tackles seven times during the 2008 season and recorded five double figure tackle games.
Honored as a First Team Mid-Season All-American by Phil Steele's College Football, Bowman was named ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game for his efforts in the Nittany Lions' 13-6 win at Ohio State, as he made 10 tackles and a huge fumble recovery. The former Maryland prep Defensive Player of the Year also earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after dominating in the win over Temple, registering a career-high 11 tackles, including five for a loss, three sacks, and an interception.
The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Joe Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.
Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions have won 42 of their last 53 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.