Swinney 'excited' to add former Clemson standout to staff

Swinney 'excited' to add former Clemson standout to staff


Swinney 'excited' to add former Clemson standout to staff


Clemson has brought back a familiar name to help in an off-field role next season.

Da’Quan Bowers, a former All-American for the Tigers, has returned to Clemson to serve in the role of defensive player development. Bowers spent the previous three seasons as a defensive line coach on Jeff Scott’s staff at South Florida.

“Really excited about that,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

The role became available when another former Clemson player, Kavell Conner, recently left to be the defensive coordinator at West Florida for Kaleb Nobles, who was also a support staffer at Clemson this past season before landing that job in December. It’s the second coaching stint at his alma mater for Bowers, who worked with Clemson’s defensive line as an undergraduate volunteer coach before his time at USF.

“He’s been running his own room at South Florida the past three years, so getting him back is really good,” Swinney said.

Rated the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2008, Bowers starred for Clemson at defensive end for three seasons. Bowers’ junior season in 2010 was his best as the Bamberg native recorded 67 tackles and led the nation with 15.5 sacks en route to consensus All-America honors. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year that season and won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is annually awarded to college football’s best defensive player.

Bowers was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played five seasons in the NFL. He spent the 2017 season playing for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League before announcing his retirement the following year.

Bowers’ addition is one of multiple recent changes to the Tigers’ support staff. Among them are the hires of Will Gilchrist, another one of Scott’s former USF staffers who will serve as a special teams analyst, and Clemson alum Meaghan Turcotte as team nutritionist.

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