Career & 2010 Highlights:
Spent most of his career with the Blue and Gray as a linebacker...Moved to defensive line in the spring of 2010, but went back to linebacker in fall camp leading into his senior season because of several injuries at that position...Played in 43 career games, making 29 starts on defense...Logged five or more tackles in 21 games...Missed six games with an injury in 2007...Registered at least one tackle in all but three of his 43 career games...Received the Role Player Award at the 2010 team banquet...Named a permanent captain for the 2010 season.
Played in 11 of 12 games, and started all 11 games played at middle linebacker...Posted five tackles or more in all but four games...Finished third on the team in tackles (58) and tied for sixth in TFLs with 3.5...Ended the year with 22 solo tackles and one pass breakup...Tied for 47th in C-USA in tackles per game (5.3)...Started at linebacker in the season opener against Ole Miss and had two tackles...Made seven tackles at Middle Tennessee and matched a career high in solo stops with four...Also set a career high with two TFLs for a loss of two yards against the Blue Raiders...Registered five tackles against UT Martin, with four solo stops...Had a kick return of 14 yards in the game...Tied for third on the team with six tackles against Marshall...Posted five tackles and assisted on a TFL at UCF...Registered two tackles against UTEP with one assisted stop holding the Miners short of a first down on a third and eight in the third quarter...Also had his second kick return of the season for eight yards...Tied for second on the team with seven tackles against Southern Miss...Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles against East Carolina, which included 10 assisted stops...Had two assisted tackles on third down that forced ECU punts...Assisted on a TFL for a loss of two yards in the third quarter...Credited with seven tackles against Tennessee and had his first pass breakup since 2007...Registered three tackles against UAB and assisted on a tackle for a loss of 11 yards in the third quarter...Made two assisted tackles against Houston...Injured and did not play against Tulsa, snapping a 24-game consecutive playing streak...Made the transition from linebacker to defensive line during the spring 2010 practice session...Worked to grasp the new position and was listed as a starter on the two-deep following the 15-practice spring.
Played in all 13 games with 11 starts at middle linebacker...Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 55, and third in tackles for loss with 6.5 for minus 19 yards...Logged at least five tackles in six games...Registered a TFL in each of the final three contests...Tied for third in sacks with two for a total loss of 12 yards...Averaged 4.2 tackles per game...Tallied five assisted stops against Ole Miss in a start at middle linebacker...Logged a season-high eight stops and matched a career best with 1.5 TFL for minus three yards against Marshall...Registered the first sack of his career and matched his 2008 game high with three solo tackles versus Nicholls State...Second on the team in tackles with five for the game...Made four tackles with three solo stops against UAB...Three of his four tackles resulted in two yards or less...Made a solo stop on third down short of a first down in the second quarter to force the Blazers to punt...Against ECU, did not start for the first time this season and played a more reserved role after suffering a leg injury against Louisville...Had four tackles with three assisted stops...Assisted on a tackle for a loss of two yards...All four tackles resulted in gains of one yard or less...Did not see action defensively versus SMU due to the Tigers utilizing six and seven DBs in the game...Did see limited time with the special teams unit...Registered three tackles versus UCF...Teamed with Alton Starr on a tackle for a loss of three yards on third down in the fourth quarter...Also assisted on a tackle for a loss of a yard...All three tackles were for no gain or lost yardage...Logged six tackles with a sack against Tulane...Sacked Kevin Moore for a loss of eight yards in the first quarter...All six tackles were for gains of eight yards or less...Tallied five stops, including three solo tackles in the St. Petersburg Bowl...Four of his five tackles limited USF to one or fewer yards, and none of his five allowed a first down.
Played in seven games at middle linebacker and was sidelined for the final six contest with a knee injury...Opened the season as the starter at MLB for the first four games of the season...Led the Tigers in tackles in his first career game in the season opener with Ole Miss...Registered nine stops with a forced fumble in the game...Forced fumble in the first quarter on the Memphis 6-yard line stopped a potential Ole Miss score and was recovered by Quinton McCrary in the endzone...Tigers had a chance to score as a result of the turnover and moved the ball to the Ole Miss 13-yard line before turning the ball over on a fumble...Credited with six tackles against Jacksonville State...Had just one stop versus UCF, but returned the next game for eight tackles, which was second on the team, against Arkansas State...Tied for the team lead in tackles against Middle Tennessee and matched a season high with nine, including four solo stops, a quarterback hurry and 1.5 TFLs...Logged six tackles with a pass breakup against Rice before suffering a knee injury...Was hoping for a return to the field for the New Orleans Bowl but was unable to play in the post-season contest...Ended the season ranked 10th in tackles with 39 despite missing the last six games...Credited with five or more tackles in five of the seven games he played in...Knee injury did not require surgery...Was back on the field during spring workouts following rehabilitation with Tiger athletic training staff.
Redshirted during the 2006 season.
Was a member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for the fall 2007 semester.
Played for coach Don Shockley at North Clayton HS...Earned four letters in football and was a three-year starter...Totaled 116 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception in 2005...Helped squad to a 7-3 record that season...Also rushed for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns as a senior...Honored as the team's Defensive Player of the Year in `05...Logged more than 100 tackles in each of his last three seasons...Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Clayton/Henry Defensive first-team...Was an all-state honorable mention pick...Selected to compete in the North/South All-Star game...Named Linebacker of the Year...Honored with the Captain's Award in `05...Participated in the Athens NIKE training camp...Led team to a 10-0 record in 2004, as well as the 4A region and sub-region championship...Also a member of the track team...Was a county and region champion in the shot put, and county champion and regional runner up in the discus.
Winston Bowens is the son of Gayle Bowens...Born December 9, 1987, in College Park, Ga.