– Georgetown University football's sophomore linebacker Wes Bowers
(Fort Washington, Md. / Bishop McNamara) was selected to the 2018 HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America Team, as announced on Tuesday. He earned honorable mention honors and was among the top eight linebackers in the country for his class.
Bowers was a central figure in the Hoya defense, playing and starting all 11 games at middle linebacker. He earned a nod to the All-Patriot League Second team after leading the Hoyas in tackles with 91, which ranked fourth in the Patriot League, and had a team-high four interceptions. Bowers also ranked third on the squad with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 TFL.
Two of his interceptions were among Georgetown's season-high four in the season finale against Holy Cross, including one which he returned 20 yards for the pick six. He also returned a blocked PAT attempt for a defensive extra point against Lehigh. Bowers reached double digits in tackles four times in 2018, including a career-high 18 in the home opener against Campbell, a mark that ranks third in GU history.
The Georgetown defense was among the best in both the Patriot League and the FCS. The Hoyas led the Patriot League with 34 sacks and 20 interceptions, and ranked second in scoring defense (21.1 ppg), total defense (298.0 ypg) and rushing defense (103.2 ypg). Nationally, the Blue & Gray was among the top 20 in interceptions (2nd), pass efficiency defense (2nd), turnovers gained (6th), rushing defense (10th), total defense (12th), sacks (10th) and scoring defense (18th).
The Hoyas finished the 2018 season with a 5-6 overall record and tied for second in the Patriot League with 4-2 mark. The four wins in league play are the most by a GU program since joining the conference in 2001. The five wins are the most since 2012.