UI football coaches Jim Reid and LaVar Woods visited with the media Wednesday
Alston, Bower, and Spearman getting older and better every day
Hawkeyes and Boilermakers kickoff at 11:01 a.m. (CT) on BTN
Hawkeyes and Panthers kickoff at 11:01 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU
Hawk-Item - -Put on scholarship prior to start of 2014 season after joining program as a walk-on.
2014 Honors - - Honorable mention Freshman All-Big Ten by BTN.com . . . 2014 - - started all 13 games at outside linebacker . . . collected 38 tackles, including 18 solo stops and 20 assists . . . also had 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack, two interceptions and two pass break-ups . . . started at outside linebacker in first action of career in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa . . . recorded first career interception vs. UNI, along with one QB sack and two total tackles . . . started at outside linebacker in 17-13 win over Ball State as defense allowed just two field goals and 219 yards total offense . . . recorded one solo tackle and two assists vs. BSU . . . started at outside linebacker in 20-17 loss to Iowa State . . . career-best five tackles vs. ISU, including three solo tackles and two assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 24-20 win at Pittsburgh, recording one solo tackle and one assist as defense allowed just three points in the second half . . . started at outside linebacker in 24-10 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 156 yards total offense . . . recorded four tackles at Purdue, including one solo stop and three assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 45-29 win over Indiana . . . recorded three tackles vs. Indiana, including one tackle for loss, along with second interception of the season that led to second quarter touchdown . . . started at outside linebacker in 38-31 loss at Maryland . . . recorded two tackles at Maryland, including a shared tackle for loss, along with one pass break-up . . . started at outside linebacker in 48-7 win over Northwestern, recording one pass break-up as defense allowed just 180 yards total offense . . . started at outside linebacker in 51-14 loss at Minnesota, recording one solo tackle and two assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 30-14 win at Illinois as defense allowed just 88 net rushing yards and 235 yards total offense . . . recorded one solo tackle and one assist at Illinois, including a tackle for loss . . . started at outside linebacker in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin . . . career-best seven tackles vs. Wisconsin, including three solo tackles and four assists, along with one tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . started at outside linebacker in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska, recording one solo tackle and one assist . . . started at outside linebacker in 45-28 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee . . . recorded two solo tackles and one assist vs. Tennessee, including one tackle for loss.
2013 - - Redshirted after joining program as a walk-on.
High school honors - - Named second team all-state linebacker as a senior . . . first team all-district defensive back and district MVP as a senior . . . third team all-state and first team all-district at defensive end as a junior . . . honorable mention all-district as a sophomore . . . Career - - helped prep team post three-year record of 29-6, while reaching playoffs all three years . . . recorded 57 tackles as a senior, with six tackles for loss and five interceptions . . . rushed for 710 yards and gained 304 receiving yards . . . 47 tackles as a junior, with four tackles for loss and two interceptions . . . recorded 550 receiving yards . . . as a sophomore had 32 tackles, while rushing for 220 yards and gaining 110 yards receiving . . . team captain as a senior . . . three-year football letterman while playing running back, defensive back and linebacker . . . earned four letters in baseball and track.
Personal - - Born 10/31/94 . . . sociology major . . . parents are Tammy and Chris Bower . . . four-year member of prep Honor Roll . . . high school coach was Butch Pederson.