LSU Football BIO
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Tashawn Bower
Player Profile:
Tashawn Bower 1084943
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 253 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Somerville, N.J.
High School: Immaculata HS
Major: Business Administration
Born: 02/18/1995

CAREER
Part-time starter in both 2015 and 2016 for the Tigers … Played in 40 games in LSU career, starting seven times ... Finished career with 60 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks … Added eight quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and forced two fumbles … Played primarily as a defensive end for first three years before transitioning to hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end under Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme as a senior … Had his best year at LSU in his one season under Aranda with 23 tackles and 4.0 sacks in 2016 … Saved best performance for last game in LSU uniform with 3.0 sacks of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson in LSU’s 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl … Participant in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

SENIOR SEASON (2016)
Had best season with the Tigers after transitioning from his primary position of defensive end to a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme … Played in all 12 games with four starts … Starts came in games in which LSU opened in a base defense … Was first defender off field when the Tigers went to their nickel or dime package … Still managed to record 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks … Added a pass breakup and five quarterback hurries … Save best performance for last as he helped shutdown Louisville’s potent offensive attack in the Citrus Bowl with a career-best three sacks in 29-9 win over the Cardinals … The three sacks against Louisville Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson helped the Tigers limit the Cardinals to just three field goals, the only game all season that they failed to score a TD … Had four total tackles in bowl win … Opened season with five tackles vs. Wisconsin, which included a half-tackle for a loss .. Had two tackles, including a sack for a 7-yard loss in win over Southern Miss … Had three tackles, including one for a loss, in win over Ole Miss, a game that saw the Tigers shutout the Rebels in the second half … Closed season with two tackles against both Arkansas and Florida and three in a road win over Texas A&M.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015)
Made three starts at defensive end and saw action in nine games … Recorded 18 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks … Forced a fumble and broke up a pass at Alabama ... Missed the EMU and South Carolina games with an injury ... Returned to action vs. Florida and posted 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack ... Picked up the first sack of his career as he combined with Deion Jones for a sack versus Auburn ... Made his first career start at Mississippi State and recorded a TFL.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014)
Played in 13 games with no starts … Served as a backup to Jermauria Rasco at one of the defensive end positions … Collected 16 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in helping LSU’s defense lead the SEC in total defense (316.8 yards per game) and pass defense (164.2 yards per game) … Had career-best five tackles in September win over New Mexico State … Had two tackles including one for a 4-yard loss in road win over Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night … Had three tackles against Mississippi State and two against both Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe … Recorded quarterback hurries against Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas …

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Recorded three tackles in six games played as a true freshman … Had one solo tackle at Mississippi State and tallied one assisted tackle each against UAB and Florida … Listed as a prominent reserve at defensive end.

HIGH SCHOOL
Finished his senior season with 95 total tackles, 16 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles … Rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … Ranked as the No. 11 best defensive end in the nation by ESPN, the No. 14 defensive end by Rivals, No. 17 by 247sports and No. 22 by Scout … Ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 14 by 247sports … Rated in ESPN.com’s top 150 as the No. 132 prospect in the nation … Participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl for the East squad … Coached by Pierce Frauenheim.

PERSONAL
Full name is Tashawn Alexander Bower … Mother is Corri Bower and dad is Jaime Viera … Born February 18, 1995 in Livingston, N.J. … Has one sister, Olivia … Majoring in general business.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 5, twice (Last: vs. Texas Tech, 2015 (Texas Bowl); First: New Mexico State, 2014)
Tackles for loss: 3.0 vs. Louisville, 2016 (Citrus Bowl)
Sacks: 3.0 vs. Louisville, 2016 (Citrus Bowl)

BOWER'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2013
6-0
1
2
3
0-0
0-0
0
0
0-0
0
0-0
2014 13-0
3
13 16
2.5-6
0-0
0 2 0-0 0
0-0
2015 9-3 6 12 18 4.0-18 1.5-7 1 1 0-0 1 0-0
2016 12-4 12 11 23 5.5-31 4.0-29 1 5 0-0 1 0-0
Totals
40-7
22
38
60
12.0-55
5.5-36
2
8
0-0
2
0-0
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