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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - All-America defensive end Da'Quan Bowers came to Clemson No. 1 and could leave school the same way.
Bowers, the country’s top college prospect three seasons ago, is considered by some the top available player in the NFL draft. Bowers knows he’ll be pushed for No. 1, particularly from Auburn defensive end Nick Fairley.
“I’m at the No. 1 spot, but he’s at No. 1 on some of those boards,” Bowers said Saturday. “We’re going to be very competitive because we’re friends. He’s going to push me, I’m going to push him and on draft day we’ll see who’s the winner.”
One with lots of cash behind it, most likely.
Last year’s No. 1 pick, quarterback Sam Bradford, received $50 million guaranteed in a 6-year, $78 million deal with St. Louis. No. 2 defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh got a $68 million deal, $40 million of that guaranteed. Bowers isn’t concerned with speculation of NFL labor strife next season, simply pleased to be in this position.
“I probably won’t have this opportunity ever again in life, so I had to take it,” Bowers said.
Bowers, at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, led the country with 15 1/2 sacks and was second nationally with 26 tackles for loss. What has pro scouts drooling, though, is Bowers‘ speed to blow past offensive lineman and disrupt plays.
A question sure to come up for Bowers during NFL interviews: What took you so long?
Bowers had just four sacks through two seasons and acknowledges he cut corners and had a lousy work ethic. His eyes opened, Bowers says, through the loss of two inspirational people in his father, Dennis, and former Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams.
Adams, a Chicago Bears lineman, died suddenly in January 2010. The two players, who both wore No. 93 with the Tigers, had become close and spoke each week.
Bowers‘ father died last August, collapsing before a concert of the family’s gospel group.
Bowers played like few other men in Clemson history. He had a sack in nine consecutive games, surpassing the school mark of his late friend, Adams. Bowers won the Nagurski Award as the country’s best defensive player and the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end.
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