|10 Yiannis Bowden|
A high impact-producing performer who is poised to become one of the top pass rushers in the American Athletic Conference if development remains at its current accelerated pace … Body size, athleticism, understanding of schematics, work ethic and growth in strength program have all been cited as viable qualities that has fueled rise up defensive depth chart … Will open sophomore season as the projected starter at the “sam” outside linebacking position … Posted a pair of stops and a fumble recovery during the first spring scrimmage on April 9 before tallying four tackles during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Earned “Iron Pirate” status for efforts during spring strength and conditioning testing period … Power numbers have improved steadily, booking lifts of 330 pounds (bench), 450 (back squat), 335 (front squat) and 274 (power clean) … Possesses plenty of agility and quickness and agility as evidenced by a 30” vertical jump 9’3” broad jump, 4.5 clip in the 40 and 4.25 and 6.62 clips in the pro shuttle and three-cone drill, respectively.
2015: Experienced action in 11 contests and made three starts (BYU, Tulsa, Temple) during first season on Pirates’ active roster as a redshirt freshman … Credited with 19 tackles (eight solo) … Stood second on unit with 3.5 sacks, tallying all quarterback drops in successive games vs. SMU (2.5 for -29 yards) and BYU (1.0 for -11 yards) in early October … Produced two of more stops on six occasions, which included personal-best four-tackle totals in road tilts against Mustangs and Cougars … Had at least one tackle in nine outings … Booked two hits each vs. Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Temple and USF, while recording single tackles against Towson (collegiate debut), Connecticut and Cincinnati … Also notched a fumble recovery (USF) and batted pass (Tulsa) … Recorded interception (seven-yard return) and scored first touchdown on blocked punt (Tre Hicks) recovery in endzone after making initial career start against BYU in Provo, Utah … Was second on team with six quarterback pressures – three coming against Golden Hurricane during ECU’s 30-17 win at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium … Nine tackles came on rushes, nine on passing plays and one on special teams (kickoff return unit) … Did not play at UCF and was not credited with any statistics in contests vs. Florida and Navy … Earned team’s “Most Improved Defensive Player” award at conclusion of season.
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 … Has not officially declared a major … Lists membership in the American Athletic Conference and facilities as several reasons for choosing to sign with the Pirates.