Daytona's Bowman Named To All-Star Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When you have more ranks than a general, you are supposed to expect an All-Star game position. Even if you do expect it, it is still an honor when you do receive word. With defensive lineman John Bowman though, he'd tell you it's not him that needs to be in the All-Star game, it's the people that help him.
The NIFL All-Star game will be played Saturday, August 6, in Odessa, Texas, and the home team Odessa Roughnecks will play an All-Star group selected from the rest of the league. Every team will have a minimum of one player available to play. Festivities for the event start Friday, August 5.
Just to lay out the facts, John Bowman is simply "the man." The guy was 2nd in league sacks, 3rd in the league with tackles for a loss, tied for 2nd in forced fumbles, tied for 5th in fumble recoveries, led his team in sacks, blocked five kicks, and intercepted one pass this year. Convinced yet?
One would think that he is not convinced. "I want to give Leon (Moore) and Robert (Lewis) credit. You might see me getting the sacks, but they push him (the quarterback) my way, so they should get credit for what they do."
This is his first year in the league, and at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, he will make a great asset to this league in the future, if he decides to stay.
John is probably one of the most highly scouted players. His high intensity allows him a great deal of attention on the field. Being not as big as the other guys, he had to find a way to go toe-to-toe with the other, larger players on the field. "I would say it is the technique you have to learn in busting through. You have to make that straight line to the quarterback. I try to speed rush and rip. That's dipping the shoulders, stepping and bringing the forearm up and you go through the gap."
He led the league for many weeks in sacks, relinquishing the top spot only in the last couple weeks to Alfred Dubose of Fayetteville, who had an amazing 13 in the last seven games and ended with 18. Bowman collected 12 on the season, only three in the last five games.
The total yardage losses for all categories amounted to nearly 100, which included 74 for the sacks.
There's not much to question about this man: he's got some of the best numbers in the league, he's got a great way of explaining himself, and with the way he plays, he probably has no need to ever explain himself. Just hit, and ask questions later, John. Hit, questions later.
Nick Allison and Micah Simmons, two of the top defensive backs in the league, were left off the list. Allison tied a league record with 14 interceptions with return yardage totaling 139. Simmons had nine interceptions and another 12 pass break ups which placed him second in the league in passes defended with 21.
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