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Ex-Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers will coach USF’s defensive line

Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2011 is the seventh on-field assistant hired by Jeff Scott
New USF defensive line coach Da'Quan Bowers spent parts of five seasons with the Bucs.
New USF defensive line coach Da'Quan Bowers spent parts of five seasons with the Bucs.
Published Dec. 29, 2019
Updated Dec. 29, 2019

New USF coach Jeff Scott’s widely expected hiring of former Clemson All-America defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to his staff officially has been announced by the school.

The Bucs’ second-round draft choice in 2011, Bowers, 29, will coach USF’s defensive line. He has spent the last two seasons working with Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates after a modest pro career that included parts of five seasons in Tampa Bay.

“Da’Quan was an absolutely dominant player for us at Clemson and I am excited that he will bring that experience and his professional playing experience to coaching our players at USF,” Scott said in a USF news release.

“Da’Quan has been doing great work with our defensive line the last two years at Clemson and is ready to excel in his first full-time coaching opportunity.”

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The seventh on-field assistant hired by Scott, Bowers earned consensus All-America honors following his junior season at Clemson in 2010. That year, he recorded 67 tackles, led the nation with 15.5 sacks and earned a number of postseason honors including the Nagurski Trophy as college football’s top defensive player.

He made only 10 starts and collected only seven sacks during his injury-besieged Bucs tenure, which was followed by one prosperous season (seven sacks in 14 games) with Edmonton of the CFL.

Expect Scott to complete his staff with at least one other Clemson staffer, if not more. Former Tigers defensive back Xavier Brewer, currently a Clemson graduate assistant, also has been mentioned as a candidate to follow Scott to USF.