Young Dreadnaught Gearing Up For Monster Junior Season

The Florida county where backs run wild. Polk County is home to some of the best running backs historically and in recent years. The home of Chris Rainey, Travis Henry, DJ Law, Marcus Okobi and Darren Berrian to name a few. Some of the best are grown in the County of Polk. It has come to our attention another one may be growing from the talent rich soil.

Lakeland sophomore RB Demarkcus Bowman introduced himself to the Polk residents in the spring of 2017 and made his BCP area introduction during the fall season. How good is he? The talent is off the chart: Swift, fast, elusive, strong and nimble. Some of the traits in good running backs. His numbers don’t match up. Or do they?

The first four games of the 2017 season Bowman rushed for 549 yards. That’s an average of 137.25 yards per game including 4 rushing TDs the first game of the season against Cooper City and 166 rushing versus George Jenkins game #4. Squeezed between, East Lake held him to 56 rushing yards on 6 carries. Doesn’t look good until you do the division which equals to over 9 yards per rush. Almost six first downs by himself. Sheesh!

8 of 10 games during the season, Bowman averaged better than 9 yards per rush. Winter Haven and Kathleen made life difficult for the young back holding him to under 5 yards per rush. Which in college football and professional football is outstanding. Not impressive when your season average is twice as many yards per rush.

Bowman only rushed for 100 or more yards in 4 games this season. Check this out, in 4 of the remaining 6 games, he averaged better than 9 yards per rush with a range of 6-10 carries in each one of the contests.

2017 season stats: 113 carries, 1136 rushing yards, 10.1 yards per rush, 10 rushing TDs.