After over two months, the 101 Days finally moves on to new faces on the 2012 Boston College football team. Of course, the first one is a player who has little information available regarding his matriculation at my alma mater.
Patrick Bowler comes to Boston from the west coast. This Bay Area product started out on his path to BC at Junipero Serra High School; some professional football fans may note the name, and in case you were wondering, it is the same high school attended by one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady of the New England Patriots. While there, he played tight end in football but also participated on the track and field team. His senior year team (2008) won its league championship.
Bowler then moved on to the University of San Diego. In 2009, the Toreros redshirted him, but then his next season, he was listed as a sophomore (more years of eligibility magically vanishing I suppose). There are no public releases about Bowler’s transfer, but since he did not appear on USD’s roster in 2011, one would assume his transfer was initiated after the 2010 season and 2011 was his Boston College redshirt year. This would make him eligible to appear for the Eagles in 2012, if the aforementioned was the case and assuming this was a conventional transfer.
He played tight end at San Diego, but Boston College has listed his new position as linebacker. BC gives Bowler’s weight as 235 pounds, which makes him heavier than many of the guys BC currently has, but it’s curious nevertheless. He likely will not be used for anything other than added depth on the roster, but the coaches must prefer him as a linebacker, despite him not having played the position as far as we know.