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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Hunter Bowers, OT, University of Texas Permian Basin

Hunter Bowers the gritty OL from the University of Texas Permian Basin recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.

Name: Hunter Bowers
Height: 6’4
Weight:315
Position: OT
College: Texas Permian Basin
Twitter: @BunterHowers

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

I am currently majoring in business marketing at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin which is located in the city of Odessa, Texas. Campus life is great, everyone is very friendly and familiar with one another. This university is very special and growing rapidly.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My work ethic and my ability to build relationships with others, whether that be coaches, teammates or anyone on campus and to relate to them and their struggles in technique, the game of football and in life.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I started at LT for part of my junior year and all of my sophomore and senior year. I have also played some RG and RT. I was fortunate enough to be voted team captain by my teammates. I understand the responsibility that comes with being a team leader. Throughout my career I have learned several different schemes and offensive playbooks. I believe I will be able to come into any team and learn quickly to fit into any scheme.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I have ever played against in college was EJ Speed who played OLB/DE for Tarleton State University and was drafted in the 5th round by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2019 NFL draft.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

The one teammate that impresses me the most is Linebacker Chris Hoad. He displays great work ethic and integrity and takes extreme pride in the work that he puts in towards perfecting his craft.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

In the spring of 2019, one of my best friends passed away while fighting leukemia. She was a light in so many people’s lives including mine. She always pushed me to strengthen my relationship with Christ and wanted nothing more than for the people around her to know Jesus. It was very difficult to deal with but what helped me overcome this struggle was making an effort to live like her and spread the good news of Jesus Christ to the people around me. #LLR

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I did not play football, I would most likely play baseball or do track and field as my main sport. In high school, I was a 2x regional qualifier and district and area champ in shotput and discus. I threw 56 feet in the shot and 158 in the discus.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I am most proud to be a college athlete and have played the sport I love at this awesome university in such an amazing community with so much support. My biggest achievement is going to be graduating college on time and with honors.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career?

The most memorable play of my college career was in my junior season during the last game of the season. We were down by a touchdown and the coach called a tackle screen and threw me the ball for a touchdown that tied up the game going into halftime against Texas A&M Kingsville.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite player and team is Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. I really respect everything Drew Drees stands for and how much work he puts in to be one of the greatest of all time to play the game. I respect his openness about his faith and the principles he lives by to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

My favorite artist is hands down J. Cole. He is as real as it gets in what he does with his music and lyrics. I also like to throw in some 50 Cent to help me get pumped up before the game.

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food would most definitely be Frito Pie. Growing up my dad’s homemade chili and a bag of Fritos were a match made in heaven.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite actor is Denzel Washington, hands down. And my favorite movie would either be Remember the Titans or John Q.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

In my spare time I like to go to the gym and work out, play basketball and sometimes play card games with a group of my friends.

Who or what motivates you the most?

My family is what motivates me. They are the main reason I am who I am today. I work my hardest everyday to be a great example for my little brother and little sister and want nothing more than to make my mom and dad happy.

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