Monday, September 22, 2008

Penn State's Bowman named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Sept. 22, 2008 – One of the primary catalysts in Penn State’s 45-3 thumping of Temple on Saturday has earned his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

Sophomore linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Va.) was honored by the conference after recording career-highs with 11 tackles (eight solo), five tackles for minus-17 yards, three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in the convincing win over the Owls Bowman shares the honor with Northwestern’s Vince Browne.

Bowman returned the interception 29 yards deep into Temple territory. His previous career-high was 10 tackles in the 45-14 win over Oregon State on Sept. 6.

Bowman led a defensive charge that limited Temple to 10 first downs, 16 rushing yards on 28 carries (0.6) and 138 yards of total offense. The Nittany Lions recorded a season-high seven sacks and 12 minus-yardage plays. The Owls were 2 of 15 on third down conversions.

For the season, Bowman leads the Lions with 35 tackles (20 solo). He is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles, tied for third in sacks and eighth in tackles for losses.

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