November 7, 2007

Wed. practice report: Bowens getting noticed

North Carolina State wide receiver Donald Bowens is a marked man after his monster breakout game against Virginia on Oct. 27.

Bowens caught 11 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Cavaliers, which was the fifth-best single-game receptions and receiving yards totals in school, and best since Jerricho Cotchery in 2003. It was the type of effort that had Bowens getting compared to past NC State receiving stars Torry Holt, Eddie Goines, Koren Robinson and Cotchery.

"It was a great honor to be recognized with those guys," Bowens said. "I was like, 'OK, I'm almost there.' Now, I'm preparing myself to where the next thing you know, I may be on top of those guys. Every day I try to keep going, so I can reach the top."

NC State coach Tom O'Brien credited Bowens' surge this season to his impressive practice habits. The true sophomore said he's been working on a few things in practice the last three, four weeks.

"I've probably been concentrating on running my routes, being more precise with different cuts and making sure I'm there when the quarterback throws the ball," Bowens said.

Bowens didn't start against Miami, which he took in stride. He looks up to senior starting wide receivers John Dunlap and Darrell Blackman, as well as past NC State wideout Lamart Barrett.

"I was second string, and I was like, coach always says you have to be ready to roll," Bowens said. "When Dunlap came back, he was starting at the Z spot, and I went back to being the third receiver. I was fine with that, and I wasn't worried about how many catches I got. I just wanted to get out there and play."


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