Two-year starter who earned Second Team All-AAC honors in 2016 after making 47 tackles (12 for loss) and finishing third in the AAC with 8.5 sacks despite missing five games with a fractured orbital bone. Posted 50 tackles (6.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception as a junior. Combined to start two games in his first two seasons at Houston, registering 39 tackles (nine for loss) and 7.5 sacks.
Physical, somewhat athletic linebacker best making plays in the box or up the field. Aggressive, forceful on the blitz and defeats blocks to make plays in the open field. Competitive, breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Remains disciplined with assignments, plays with a nice degree of quickness and shows speed off the edge. Plays heads-up football and covers a good amount of area on the field.
Easily gets tied up at the point when he shouldn’t. Doesn’t display great pursuit speed nor does he display himself as a linebacker who can cut off the corners. Average ball skills in coverage.
Bowser was highly rated entering the season and was well on his way to a career campaign before his year was cut short. He plays like a 3-4 outside linebacker yet has the measurables of 4-3 weak-side linebacker, which could pose a problem. Bowser offers a good amount of upside but must learn to make plays laterally as well as in reverse to be anything other than a situational defender on Sundays.