Here are 10 things you might not know about Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman.
1. High school days
Before Alan Bowman became a household name across the nation for his quick rise to stardom at Texas Tech, he was lighting up opposing defenses at Grapevine High School.
In his four-year high school career, Bowman threw for 11,393 yards and 119 touchdowns, including 3,570 passing yards and 38 touchdowns in his senior season.
He joined Texas Tech as a three-star quarterback and was ranked as the 37th best recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports.
2. Another Kliff Kingsbury product
Although former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was fired after another subpar season in 2018, he had a reputation in his time with the Red Raiders of molding star quarterbacks.
Success from some of his pupils, like Baker Mayfield, Patrick Mahomes, Davis Webb and Case Keenum helped Kingsbury get an NFL head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals, despite having a losing collegiate coaching record.
His last star pupil was Bowman.
If Bowman has a career like any of the aforementioned quarterbacks, he may be on a path for collegiate success.
3. A quick rise to stardom
When Bowman was practicing in the spring of 2018 as an early enrollee with Texas Tech, it was widely believed he was the third-string quarterback.
The competition for the starting position appeared to be between McLane Carter and Jett Duffey.
Carter eventually won the starting job, but was injured in the first quarter of the 2018 season opener.
Instead of Duffey coming off the bench, it was the freshman, Bowman.
From then on Bowman took a firm grasp of the starting role, throwing for 2,638 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games. He even lead the Big 12 in passing yards at one point during the 2018 season.
With Carter’s transfer to Rutgers, Bowman is seen as the frontrunner to be the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback in 2019.
4. He set a Big 12 freshman passing record
It didn’t take long for Bowman to break a record.
During Texas Tech’s 63-49 win over Houston on Sept. 15, 2018, Bowman broke the Big 12 single-game freshman passing record throwing for 605 yards. The record was previously held by former Red Raider and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Bowman finished the game completing 43 of 59 passes and with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions.
Below is the play where he broke the record.
He even got a shoutout from Mahomes himself.
5. Bad luck with injuries
The only thing that derailed Bowman’s stellar freshman season was a partially-collapsed lung — twice.
In Texas Tech’s matchup with West Virginia on Sept. 29, Bowman took a hard hit in the second quarter and was unable to play in the second half. It was later discovered that he had suffered a partially-collapsed lung.
Bowman missed the next game against TCU and then started two games against Kansas and Iowa State. Then during the following game against Oklahoma, Bowman recurred the same injury.
6. Athletic ability runs in the family
Bowman isn’t the only athlete in his family. His two older sisters, Tori and Emily, both played soccer collegiately at Oklahoma. His father, Kirk, was a tight end at Penn State from 1980-83.
7. He has his own bobblehead!
After being named the MVP of the Week by DFW Inside High School Sports, Bowman was gifted with a bobblehead — of himself.
“Freaking awesome,” Bowman said when he was given the bobblehead on the show. “Looks just like me.”
8. Already a team captain
It appears Bowman has already gained the favor of his new head coach, Matt Wells.
Bowman is one of Texas Tech’s 16 players deemed a team captain. He is one of six underclassmen.
9. “Here for Texas Tech”
After Kingsbury was fired from Texas Tech, some of the players he recruited decided to leave the program.
Not Bowman. When Wells and his staff were brought on board, Bowman quickly showed his support for the new staff and let fans know he wasn’t going anywhere.
“I’m here for Texas Tech. I love the university, love the team,” Bowman said. “I met with the coaches yesterday, really enjoyed ’em, so I’m excited for it.”
10. He made custom ‘Gucci’ cleats
While at Grapevine, Bowman got creative and attempted to convert his normal cleats into ‘Gucci’ cleats.
Here’s how they turned out.