Thursday, November 1, 2012
Keep an eye on: Ross Bowers
By Mason Kelley
BOTHELL, Wash. -- Ross Bowers crouched. The quarterback placed both hands flat on his helmet. He had just thrown an interception and, after flushing the frustration, he stood up and jogged to the sideline.
For the second time this season, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) had gone head-to-head with USC quarterback commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline). Two games. Two losses. Two chances to learn a lesson and move on.
“I’m along for the ride, just to learn,” Bowers said. “It’s kind of just been a little different. It’s a good different, though. You’ve got to learn sometime.”
Quarterback Ross Bowers is expected to become one of the state of Washington's top 2015 prospects.
Throughout the season, Bowers has worked through highs and lows, success and disappointment. He threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 1 loss to Skyline. But he turned the ball over three times.
The Cougars started 0-3, before winning the next five.
“The first three games, getting beat, that was kind of an eye opener,” Bowers said. “Then we just started working harder. Then the Skyline loss in the KingCo title game, I think we kind of needed that, just a little kick in the butt right before playoffs.”
With a 5-4 record Bothell opens the postseason this week. The Cougars have a home game against University Place (Wash.) Curtis at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s definitely been an up-and-down little roller coaster,” Bowers said. “I’m just glad we get to take it to the playoffs. It will just be a fun experience.”
When asked about his season, Bowers talked about the toll it has taken on him emotionally.
“It has literally felt like it’s been three or four seasons wrapped into one,” he said.
Through nine games, Bowers has completed 87 of 170 passes for 1,138 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown nine interceptions.
With each win and every loss, through all the touchdowns and interceptions, Bowers is improving. Sure, he shows signs of being a sophomore. He knows he has a lot to learn before he earns a college scholarship.
“Definitely just reading defenses and, probably, just getting really calm feet,” he said. “I think what kills most quarterbacks is just getting nervous feet. Feet are probably more important than anything else, really, once you break it down.”
Bowers pointed to the poise in the pocket showed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“He’s just so calm, it’s like he’s just standing in line somewhere just to order something,” Bowers said. “He’s just so calm and patient. If you can do that, then every step should be on point.”
College coaches are paying attention to Bowers' progress. He is expected to become one of Washington’s top 2015 prospects. He caught an early glimpse of what Division-I football is like last week when he watched Washington knock off Oregon State, 20-17.
“It was an eye-opener, just being on that field was a little different, because in the stands you don’t get the full effect of how big those guys truly are,” he said. “[Austin] Seferian-Jenkins ran past me a couple of times and I was just like, ‘Dude, throwing to that guy must be a pleasure.’ ”