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UGA Football TE Brock Bowers Selected No. 13 Overall by the Las Vegas Raiders

April 25, 2024
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ATHENS - UGA Football TE Brock Bowers was picked No. 13 Overall by the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit.

The California native declared for the NFL Draft in January - an expected decision for Brock Bowers, who spent the second half of the season dealing with an ankle injury that slowed his impact on games he was able to play in. 

Bowers will go down as the greatest tight end in UGA history. He is one of only three players in UGA history to be named an All-American three times - only Herschel Walker and David Pollack join Bowers with that distinction. 

Unlike those two stars, however, Bowers won two national titles at Georgia. And the Bulldogs needed him to make both happen. Bowers caught the first and last passes of the 2021 season. The final pass of 2021 was a touchdown against Nick Saban’s Alabama that pushed the Bulldogs to an eight-point lead late in that game. Kelee Ringo’s legendary pick six of Bryce Young cemented the Dawgs’ first national title since Walker’s team did it in 1980. 

A season later, Bowers’ alien-like play late in the game against Ohio State converted a fourth down to help Georgia score points in the Dawgs’ wild 42-41 in the Peach Bowl. 

Bowers’ time at Georgia embodied a new age for the Dawgs - thumping their way to back-to-back national titles and becoming the best program in America. 

Recruited during COVID and having missed his final season of high school football, Bowers was considered a top prospect, but perhaps not the top overall football player in the nation. But the case could have been made that was the case in 2022 and 2023.

Bowers’ superhero-like effort against Auburn in 2023 drew rave reviews. A few weeks later he was sidelined for the bulk of the remainder of the season with a significant ankle injury that required surgery to correct. Bowers came back for a few games at the conclusion of the season, but he was not at the same speed he had been before that. 

Still, UGA coach Kirby Smart said Bowers was an internal part of what Georgia’s 42-2 run during his three years in Athens. 

“He came out of the SEC Championship game really beat up, banged up, and did all kinds of work to get healed and get healthy. Mims the same way,” Kirby said. “They were at every single practice, every single meeting. They were at everything they were supposed to be at, and we told them we were going to bring them down here later in the week, and we did that. I got tremendous respect for those two guys who pushed everything they had to get back and really to be honest with you, to give us an opportunity to be in the National Championship. They both came back and really pushed hard. They're tremendous leaders. The team has nothing but respect for them, and I'll never forget what they gave to this program.”


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2023 - Georgia Bulldogs TE Brock Bowers

First back-to-back winner of John Mackey Award for nation’s top tight end...First Team All-American by AFCA, AP, CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, FWAA, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic and Walter Camp...became only third player in program history to earn three First Team All-America honors, joining Herschel Walker and David Pollack...AP and Coaches All-SEC First Team selection, earning unanimous selection to AP roster...finalist for Rotary Lombardi Award and Mackey Award...semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, and Walter Camp Player of the Year...Named to Midseason All-America Team by AP, CBS, ESPN, Sporting News and The Athletic...named to Preseason Media Days All-SEC First Team...Biletnikoff Award Watch List selection...Paul Hornung Award Watch List selection...Maxwell Award Watch List selection...Lombardi Award Watch List selection...selected to AP Preseason All-America First Team...The Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team...played and started in 10 games, leading the team with 56 catches for 714 yards and six receiving touchdowns...ranked second in the nation among tight ends in receiving yards (714) and sixth nationally in receiving TDs (6)…caught five passes for a team-high 78 yards, adding a three-yard rushing TD in Georgia’s season-opening win vs. UT Martin...had seven receptions for 54 yards in win over South Carolina...recorded nine catches for 121 yards and two TDs vs. UAB…his first TD reception against the Blazers was for 41 yards...caught eight passes for career-high 157 yards and game-winning 40-yard touchdown at Auburn…was named the Mackey Award Tight End of the Week for his performance against the Tigers...had seven receptions for 132 yards and a 21-yard touchdown catch against Kentucky...left with an injury in win over Vanderbilt…caught three passes for 34 yards and one touchdown in return from injury vs. Ole Miss...had seven catches for 60 yards and one touchdown in win over Tennessee...caught five passes for 53 yards in SEC Championship vs. Alabama.

2022 - Georgia Bulldogs TE Brock Bowers

First Team All-American by FWAA, ESPN, USA Today and AFCA...Second Team by Walter Camp, The Athletic, CBS, Associated Press and Sporting News...Georgia’s first John Mackey Award winner for nation’s top tight end...Associated Press & Coaches’ All-SEC First Team...finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman...semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year...played in all 15 games, starting in 14...logged 63 catches for 942 yards and seven TDs, all team highs...also has 109 rushing yards on just nine carries...three of his rushes this season have gone for TDs, including a 75-yarder vs. Kent State...registered seven catches for 152 yards and a TD in the CFP National Championship Game against TCU...had four catches for 64 yards against Ohio State...scored three TDs in a game for the second time of his career in win at South Carolina...had two receiving TDs (6 and 78 yards) and a rushing TD (5 yards) against the Gamecocks...named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the SC game...also won SEC OPOW award for his then-career-high 154 receiving yards in five catches vs. Florida, including a 73-yard TD catch...caught two passes for 38 yards in win over No. 11 Oregon...also had key block that cleared a path for Ladd McConkey to score the Bulldogs’ first TD of 2022 on a 9-yard run...had three catches for 57 yards vs. Samford...first-team Pre-Season All-America selection by Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Athlon Sports and also by Phil Steele...also pre-season first-team All-SEC by media attending SEC Media Days...named to pre-season Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top receiver at any position, as well as the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s outstanding collegiate tight end.

2021 - Georgia Bulldogs TE Brock Bowers

2021 All-America First Team - USA Today, ESPN.com, The Athletic...2021 All-America Second Team - Associated Press...2021 True Freshman All-America - ESPN.com, The Athletic...2021 Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award...2021 Football Writers Association Freshman of the Year Award...2021 Coaches' SEC Freshman of the Year...2021 AP SEC Newcomer of the Year...AP and Coaches’ All-SEC First Team...Finished the season as Georgia’s leading receiver, with 56 catches for 882 yards (15.8 avg.) and 13 TDs...started at tight end in 13 of 15 games...was targeted 81 times, with 56 catches...established UGA tight end records for single-season receptions (56), receiving yards (882) and TDs (13)...his 13 TD catches are also a single-season UGA record by any pass catcher...caught a career-high and SEC Championship Game record (for a TE) 10 passes vs. Alabama...had four games of 100+ yards receiving: UAB, UK, GT, ALA1...twice was named SEC Freshman of the Week:  vs. Vanderbilt and Kentucky...caught five passes for 101 yards and two TDs vs. UK...named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week for his efforts against the Wildcats...caught a team-high six passes (eight targets) for 43 yards against Clemson...caught an 89-yard TD pass vs. UAB, tying for the sixth-longest scoring pass in UGA history...had a 77-yard TD catch and run vs. Georgia Tech, one of his two scores on the day...also had a 12-yard rushing TD against Vanderbilt...has two additional rushes this season, a 24-yarder vs. Tennessee and a 19-yarder vs. Charleston Southern...had two catches for 43 yards in win at #18 Auburn, including a 33-yarder...caught just one pass vs. Florida, but it went for 38 yards...enrolled in January 2021 and participated in spring drills...caught three passes, including a 25-yarder, in the annual G-Day intrasquad game.

Napa (CA) TE Brock Bowers

Napa High School, coached by Richie Wessman…selected to the 2021 All-American Bowl…247sports.com composite four-star prospect…ranked as the #3 tight end prospect, #10 prospect in California, and #102 prospect nationally…PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, Top 150 Dream Team…ranked as the #6 TE prospect, #13 prospect in California, and #107 prospect nationally…rivals.com four-star prospect…ranked as the #8 TE prospect, #12 prospect in California, and #118 prospect nationally…ESPN.com four-star prospect…ranked as the #4 TE prospect, #21 prospect in California, and #212 prospect nationally…helped lead Napa HS to a 7-4 record in his 2019 junior season, advancing to the CIF North Coast Division II Sectional Playoffs…played for Grizzlies at tight end, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and kick returner…finished season with 1,499 all-purpose yards and 18 total touchdowns, including 39 receptions for 1,098 receiving yards and school-record 14 touchdowns, as well as 22 carries for 316 rushing yards and three touchdowns…finished fifth on team in tackles with 25, in addition to an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown…named to 2019 San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro First Team offense…named 2019 Napa Valley Register All-Napa County Football Player of the Year…named 2019 Vine Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player…named to 2020 MaxPreps Preseason All-America First Team offense…named to 2020 MaxPreps Preseason California All-State First Team offense…finished 2018 junior season with 42 receptions for 620 receiving yards and seven touchdowns…also played power forward for Grizzlies’ basketball team.



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