Now is the time for Bowman

USC safety Gerald Bowman is back from his spring injury and is roaming in the secondary during the Trojans voluntary players-only throwing sessions. Bowman says he's ready to step up going into his senior season.

Spring practices were over before they really ever got started for USC senior safety Gerald Bowman.

Bowman was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome at the start of spring after tearing a muscle in his leg, causing blood to flood the area. The injury required immediate surgery. Bowman was sidelined from all football activities until the doctors cleared him May 1.

"[Recovery] has been a process," Bowman said after summer workouts. "I know I'll bounce back, it's just a matter of time doing the right rehab and now I'm happy to be out here with my teammates."

Bowman transferred to USC in the fall of 2012 from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Los Angeles Pierce Junior College. He played in all 13 games fro the Torjans in 2012, primarily on special teams.

He made 11 tackles during the season. Against Colorado, he recorded an interception for 19 yards.

Bowman hopes to step-up his role in the Trojans secondary in 2013. "I'm ready to compete," he said. "It's up to the leaders to step up and continue to work hard and continue to build the secondary chemistry to start rolling."

A senior now, Bowman says the college experience has gone by "really fast" but there's still plenty of time to get better.

The Trojans lost 2012 starting safeties Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald to graduation, creating two spots open for the taking in 2013. Bowman knows he has every opportunity to earn one of them. "There's no spot that is promised or guaranteed to anyone," he said. "From day one coach said the best player is going to play, so I just have to come out and compete and do whatever I have to do to contribute to the team to win."

Bowman says over the summer he'll be working on "the little things". His technique, the angles to which he approaches receivers, "and just practicing what we do".

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