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Georgia OC praises Bowers; 11 stars from three countries from the Valley

Georgia OC praises Bowers; 11 stars from three countries from the Valley

Marty James

University of Georgia offensive coordinators and defensive backs coach Todd Monken was asked about the mental bandwidth required for the Bulldogs’ Brock Bowers to know and play different positions in the team’s offense.

Monken, speaking at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal press conference Dec. 28 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, began by talking about the attention to detail and mental toughness of Bowers, a sophomore tight end from Napa , brings to Georgia.

“He is really developed in many areas. And this is his merit. It’s a credit to his upbringing, his family,” Monken said per ASAP Sports Transcripts, asapsports.com.

“There are a lot of things you can do with it. He is great with the ball in his hands. He has an elite catch radius, the ability to compete for the ball. And so, again, he meant a lot to us in terms of … his ability to play.”

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Bowers, a 2021 Napa High graduate who was named an All-American by nine different outlets for the 2022 season, had a big role in Georgia’s 42-41 win over Ohio State on Saturday.

He started and caught four passes for 64 yards with a long reception of 26 yards and had 18 yards after the catch. He was hit five times.

He also made one solo tackle.

Bowers picked up a first down on fourth-and-6 when he caught a 6-yard pass in the fourth quarter at the Ohio State 7-yard line.

He also caught a 15-yard pass in the fourth quarter on second-and-8.

Georgia (14-0) moves on to play TCU (13-1) on Jan. 9 in the national championship game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Georgia State quarterback Stetson Bennett was asked about Bowers during the Dec. 29 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal CFP press conference.

“He can really catch the football. As long as I put it in there, he’ll usually catch it, which is all you can ask for. He’s unbelievable,” Bennett said, per ASAP Sports’ FastScripts Transcript .

At the ASAP Sports Transcripts press conference, Bowers was asked about a number of things, asapsports.comto compete in the CPF Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Semifinals on December 29th.

* Asked how Coach Monken has helped him develop his understanding of the game of football, Bowers said, “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here. Like, in high school I really didn’t know anything about what to look for like on film and like defensive tackles and all that. And when I got here, he taught me so much about how to know when someone is coming in, like, on a blitz or what they’re going to cover, how, reading before a shoot and stuff like that. And I mean, just having the knowledge that he has and being able to share it with us…we have to listen to him just because he knows so much. And that definitely helps me a lot.”

* Asked how much winning the national championship would mean, he said: “A national championship is as big as it gets. That would be just wonderful.”

* Asked how much his game has changed, Bowers said, “I don’t think it’s changed much. I think it’s changed a little bit in my role as a blocker and being more at the point of attack this year. I believe that this is the main way of change”.

* Asked what makes this team special, he said, “I think what makes it special is just the guys that come to work every day. I mean, just the bond and everything that we have together … we’re all just playing for each other and just trying to get the job done.

“I think just being consistent for a few weeks makes it difficult. Some people might get content or something. We always say it can’t be us, we’re just happy. We must continue.’

Bowers leads Southeastern Conference champion Georgia with 56 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games. He is averaging 14.11 yards per catch and 56.43 yards per game. He has a long reception of 78 yards.

It was an outstanding season for Bowers, the winner of the John Mackie Award as the nation’s top tight end.

* American Football Coaches Association FBS First Team All-American.

* Football Writers Association of America First Team All-American.

* 2022 ESPN All-American Team.

* USA TODAY Sports First Team Offensive All-American.

* 2022 CBS Sports / 247Sports All-American Team.

* Associated Press second-team All-American offensive tackle.

* 2022 Sporting News College Football All-American on second team offense.

* 2022 Walter Camp All-America Second Team Offensive Lineman.

* Offensive Third Team 2022 PFF College All-American Team.

* First Team All-Southeastern Conference.

* Unanimous first-team offense, All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press.

* 2022 PFF College All-SEC Offensive First Team.

Bowers was also selected to the 2022 Academic All-American Football Team, College Sports Communicators announced at academicallamerica.com. Bowers, a finance major who carries a 3.59 grade point average, was selected to the NCAA Division I First Team.

In the report on cbssports.com On Dec. 27, Bowers was ranked No. 6 among the “20 Most Influential Players in the 2022 CFP Field.

“Bowers has a case to make as the best player in college football after his sophomore season to go down in the history books. Bowers caught 52 passes for 726 yards and six touchdowns, but that doesn’t tell the full story of how much offensive coordinator Todd Monken relies on Bowers as a pass catcher and blocker to create his game plans.”

On philsteele.com.

Tri-Country All-Star Game Jan. 14 in Justin-Siena

Team White vs. Team Blue in the ninth annual Tri-Nation All-Star Senior Showdown will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Justin-Siena Dodd Stadium, it was announced at tricountyallstargame.com.

White’s roster includes Justin-Siena’s Trevor L’Esperance (defensive back), Brandon Guiducci (defensive back), Jojo Madalone (defensive back), Emrys Davis (fullback) and Giancarlo Caponi (offensive line), American Canyon’s Sean Yumang (wide receiver) and Ryan Landaverde (linebacker), as well as Vintage’s Owen Trethewey (offensive line) and Matt Ackman (tight end).

The Team Blue roster includes St. Helena’s Charlie Knight (defensive back) and Jaydon Meyer (linebacker).

“The Tri-County All-Star Game is the premier high school all-star football game in Northern California! But this game is much more than a cool game,” the website says. “This game is designed to reach 450,000 children in foster care. The latest study shows that there are about 1,200 children in the system from the three counties of Napa, Marin and Sonoma.

“Every year, our mission is to bring awareness to these children. We take part of the proceeds and buy backpacks. While this may not seem like much to the average person, it is huge to a foster child. Come watch and enjoy your high school relative or friend again, but please keep in mind that some foster kids don’t even get to play organized sports because they can’t play regularly.”

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