“I guess I just really bought into what Pruitt had going,” Bowman said. “When he came in, he was hard on us. I just bought into what he had to say and what he had going on. I just worked my butt off. Now look at me.”
Bowman didn’t play much last year.
He was asked to talk about the differences he’s seen from South Carolina with Dylan Thompson now at quarterback for the departed Connor Shaw. “To be honest, when Connor Shaw was there, I really wasn’t playing,” Bowman said. “I was just like on special teams. I really don’t know.”
He said the hardest thing in the last three seasons was grasping the system under coordinator Todd Grantham.
“With Grantham, the playbook was really, really, really long,” he said. “Not only for me but for everybody. I was kind of off in that area.”
He said he felt he was capable of playing last season and he worked himself into work in the secondary in the bowl game.
Bowman was set back by a pulled hamstring this preseason but beat out junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng among others for the starting job.
It was actually the second career start for the 6-foot, 179-pound Rossville native.
He started against Buffalo in 2012.
“I guess what I did different is I stayed focused, I stayed in the playbook, I stayed maybe after practice going through film,” he said of starting under Pruitt, who he praised for his teaching of the defensive backs. “I knew what to do and once you know what to do, you play faster and your confidence goes up.”
Bowman broke up a deep ball, had a pass interference call against him and had a tackle.
“I think I did well,” Bowman said. “I know there were a lot of things I could have done better."