Donald Bowens is a 6-3, 195 pound freshman wide receiver from St Petersburg (Fla) High School. Early word is that he has impressed in the Wolfpack's fall camp and he's hard at work to carve out playing time on State's offense this season. Pack Pride caught up with him recently to see how he's fared with the transition to college.
How do you feel like you've done so far in the first week of practice?
"I feel like I've done pretty well. I'm still trying to learn the offense but it's coming along well. All the freshmen, we're just trying to work hard. I know Jarvis (Williams) had a couple nice catches in the scrimmage."
How did you do in the scrimmage?
"I thought I did pretty well but I have pretty high expectations for myself. I felt like I was a little bit under the mark of what I want to do but I did okay."
Making the transition from high school to college, how do you feel like you've meshed in the offense during the short amount of time you've been here?
"I feel like I've meshed into the offense fairly well. I'm pretty comfortable with my position right now."
Being away from home, has there ever been any sense of homesickness?
"No, not at all. I felt like this was home away from home when I came for my visit and it still feels that way. I feel right at home here at State."
Does it help with the adjustment having a lot of kids from Florida on the team?
"It helps a lot. You know you've got players from your area so it makes you a little more comfortable and help you along so that's good."
Have you been able to bond with any of your new teammates yet?
"Other than the freshmen, I'd say Marcus Stone and Justin Burke. You know, as a receiver, you've got to get in with the QB."
How has Marcus Stone impressed you so far?
"Oh, he's a great quarterback. He makes some great throws. I watched him last year on TV and I knew he was coming back and he just really impressed me."
What's been the toughest adjustment to college so far?
"Probably the time management but also learning the offense because it's a great offense. It's very elaborate.