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Utes land Penn State transfer LB Manny Bowen

Manny Bowen will play his final season of college football in Salt Lake City. The linebacker will be eligible to play for the Utes in 2019 after departing from Penn State.

When on the field for the Nittany Lions, Bowen was more than productive. A 6’2” 240lb linebacker, Bowen has an NFL-level skillset as a MLB and a knack for taking opposing ballcarriers down in the backfield.

Bowen played in 35 games for Penn State, starting 21 of them. He recorded 134 tackles, 12.5TFL and 3.5 sacks in his time at State College.

In the past, second chances have worked out well for guys on the hill and Bowen will get his opportunity come 2019. Much like former Ute WR Darren Carrington, Bowen left his former school on less-than-positive terms. The New Jersey native was suspended multiple times at PSU for breaking team rules, causing him to miss the 2016 Rose Bowl and a good portion of his freshman/senior seasons.

The announcement comes with perfect timing as the Utes stellar linebacking duo of Chase Hansen and Cody Barton play their final game in RES on Saturday.


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