Da’Quan Bowers Admits He and Fellow Rookies Will be in ‘Tough Spot’ This Season, But Still Coreographing Sack DanceJuly 26, 2011 – 6:30 am by Michael Bean
He was one of the more controversial selections in the 2011 NFL Draft. Da’Quan Bowers, the immensely talented but injured pass rusher out of Clemson was considered a slam-dunk to go high in the fist round of this year’s draft before serious knee injuries scared all 32 teams from selecting him on Day 1. He ultimately was taken in round two by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who in round one had taken another defensive lineman, Adrian Clayborn out of Iowa. If both are able to learn the Bucs’ defense on short notice this next 6 weeks or so, and if both can stay healthy all season, what was one of the team’s weakest links in 2010 might actually be somewhat of a strong suit in 2011. At the very least, there’s reason to be hopeful that Tampa’s front four is positioned nicely to no longer be such a liability in future years.
Bowers joined WDAE in Tampa Bay to talk about his sky-high excitement levels to get his rookie season preparation work going in earnest with his coaches and teammates, how tough an adjustment he thinks it will be for himself, Adrian Clayborn and the rest of the Bucs rookies that have yet to spend any time working with the Bucs coaching staff, how he was never concerned that a deal wouldn’t get reached in time to save the 2011 season but how he’s glad that a new CBA was reached in time to allow him to get into camp and have a full preseason schedule under his belt, and what the sack dance he’s been working on looks like.
On his excitement level as he gets ready to finally get his rookie season underway this week:
“Oh man, we’re just so excited, myself and the rest of my new teammates. We’re just ready to get in and go to work.”
On how tough an adjustment it’s going to be for himself and fellow rookie Adrian Clayborn this year considering how little time they’ve had to work with their teammates and coaches staff in a formal setting throughout the lockout:
“Yeah, being with the certain situation that we’ve been through this year, it’s going to be a very tough spot for us this year. But all of us — myself, Adrian, Allen Bradford, Mason [Foster] — we’re all just ready to get into camp and get into the swing of things..”
If he was ever concerned and not confident that a deal would get done in time for their to be a full preseason schedule:
“I was very confident that we were going to have football. I wasn’t exactly sure when it would get settled, but I’m glad they were able to get in settled ahead of time so we were able to get to camp and get the preseason games underway.”
On how his sack dance goes that he’d been working on prior to the interview:
“I’m going to have a very creative sack dance by the time I get to Tampa tomorrow.”