Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers turning pro

By Rick Henry - bio | email

CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - The parade out of Tiger Town continues, and this time it's a player. Clemson All-American defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is turning pro.

Bowers is entering the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior year, and is projected as a first round pick.

"[Bowers] has grown as a person this past year and he showed everyone his capabilities on the field," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "We challenged him to become a dominant defensive player and he was just that."

The Bamberg native led the nation in sacks with 15.5. That's also the second-best total in Clemson history.

"You hear people talk about the Clemson family, and when my father passed this past summer, I saw that firsthand," said Bowers. "There is a great support system at Clemson. The coaches and players were all there for me and I will never forget that."

Bowers is just the fourth unanimous All-American in Tiger history. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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