Over the past two weeks, NIUHuskies.com has previewed every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the Huskie running backs. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Friday's position group: defensive line.
The Huskies had their final practice of the season Sunday afternoon. Former players and coaches met at FontaineBleau as well.
2012: Played in 11 games on special teams and at running back. Had 12 carries for 64 yards, averaging 5.3 yards a carry. Made seven tackles on the Huskie special teams units. Forced a fumble on a kickoff at Akron (10-20), which NIU recovered, leading to an NIU touchdown and a 10-0 lead. Earned co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff following the game against the Zips. Rushed for 37 yards on five carries, highlighted by an 11-yard gain, against the Zips. Tallied three carries for 20 yards, including a career-long 12 yard rush versus UMass (11-3). Ran three times for four yards at Eastern Michigan (11-23). Rushed for three yards on one carry in the MAC Championship against Kent State (11-30). Made a career-high three tackles on special teams versus the Golden Flashes.
Previous School: Played in five games for Akron in 2010. Carried the ball eight times for 27 yards on the season to average 3.4 yards per rush. Gained 26 yards on seven carries at Kentucky (9-18), including a 14-yard scamper. Posted one carry for one yard versus Northern Illinois (10-2). Returned one kickoff for 15 yards against Gardner-Webb (9-11). Credited with a special teams tackle at Indiana (9-25).
High School: Nominated to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Rushed for 1,171 yards and 11 touchdowns on 170 carries during his senior season at Rich Central High School. Tabbed sixth-best prospect in Illinois by Tom Lemming's MaxPreps.com and CBS College Sports. Ranked as the 27th top prospect in Illinois by Rivals. Three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-area pick. Ran for 1,054 yards on 104 carries with 15 touchdowns as a junior.
Personal: Born Dec. 24, 1991 in Chicago. Son of George Bowers and Zenita Johnson. Majoring in psychology.