Alan Bowman, Wolverine

Alan Bowman, Wolverine

March 1, 2021
Alan Bowman (image via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Former Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Michigan.

Bowman was a product of Grapevine (TX) Grapevine in the 2018 class, ranked as a 3-star, the #37 pro-style quarterback, and #899 overall. (Note: Joe Milton was the #9 pro-style QB in that class.) Aside from Texas Tech, he also had offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, SMU, some Ivy League schools, etc.

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Throughout his high school career, Bowman was an ultra-productive quarterback. He completed 855/1275 passes for 11,393 yards, 119 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions.

He stepped in at Texas Tech and started most of the season as a true freshman, completing 227/327 (69.4%) of his passes for 2,638 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He followed that up by completing 101/154 passes (65.6%) for 1,020 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions while losing time to Jett Duffey. Then in 2020 he completed 150/232 passes (64.7%) for 1,602 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Altogether, he’s a guy who completes a lot of passes for 33 touchdowns and 17 touchdowns so far.

Not to scare anyone, but the last QB transfer from the state of Texas – John O’Korn – had a very similar TD-to-INT rate with 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions at Houston.

I have two somewhat diverging thoughts on Bowman’s commitment:

  1. Bowman is a low-ceiling prospect without much arm strength or running ability. He’s kind of like Shea Patterson without the mobility.
  2. This is a pretty substantial land for Michigan, who desperately needed depth at quarterback. They get a veteran quarterback with three years of significant playing experience. Beggars can’t be choosers. The other options are a third-year Cade McNamara, who got hurt pretty much immediately; a first-year 5-star in J.J. McCarthy; and a second-year Dan Villari, who nobody expects to ever have a significant role behind center.

I may do a more in-depth breakdown of Bowman’s play later, though I’m not sure how useful that would be. A two-way battle between Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton forced me to parse things last year, but this now looks like a bit of a crap shoot.

I would not be surprised to see Bowman/McNamara start the 2021 season and then eventually be replaced by McCarthy.

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