|46 Yiannis Bowden|
Has quickly emerged as a viable impact-producing prospect after displaying significant growth and development on ECU's scout squad last fall and turning in a solid spring performance ... Will open first active campaign on the Pirates' roster among the defensive depth chart -- competing with Pat Green for top reserve duties at the "sam" outside linebacking position ... Understanding of scheme and athleticism could also result in action at the "will" slot as well as special teams (for added game-day repetitions) ... Was not credited with any tackles during the first spring scrimmage (March 28), but posted three stops (including a sack for a loss of six yards) during the second contest on April 11 ... Logged a pair of tackles during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Power numbers have improved steadily in strength and conditioning program, booking lifts of 300 pounds (bench), 450 (back squat) and 274 (power clean) ... Possesses plenty of quickness as evidenced by a 4.5 clip in the 40 and a 11.87 time in the 60 shuttle.
2014: Redshirted during true freshman season ... Made valuable contributions to the defensive scout squad, earning praise from offensive coaches during weekly opponent preparation work ... Signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: A three-star recruit according to ESPN.com who committed to the Pirate program prior to the start of the 2013 season on Aug. 22 ... Ranked as the No. 24 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina with a national grade of 75 (ESPN.com) ... A two-year all-conference performer for coach Aldine Payne at Glenn High School ... Earned three football letters and served as the Bobcats' team captain as a senior ... Split time at both defensive end and outside linebacker in 2013 ... Selected as a game MVP after leading GHS to a 42-0 victory over Winston-Salem Parkland in the '13 season opener ... Also earned additional letters in basketball and track (hurdles).
Personal: Full name is Yiannis A.C. Bowden ... Born Sept. 26, 1996 at High Point, N.C. ... Son of Boysie Bowden ... A communications major ... Says recruiting style, membership in the American Athletic Conference, relationship with coaches and facilities were reasons for choosing to sign with the Pirates.