A Story Behind the Story
Brent Bowden has always been a punter. Part of it was his love of kicking. But part of it was circumstance.
In 2003, Bowden played on a prolific team at Westfield High School that won the Virginia Class AAA state championship. Bowden was the punter, Sean Glennon played quarterback, Eddie Royal played wide receiver and Evan Royster played running back.
To say the team was stacked would be an understatement.
Bowden, of course, is the punter for No. 14 Virginia Tech. Glennon and Royal also played at Virginia Tech, with Royal going on to making an impact as a wide receiver and special teams player with the Denver Broncos. Royster is a star running back at No. 7 Penn State.
“You think I’m going to play on that?” Bowden said. “That’s the kind of caliber we had coming through our school.”
Contrary to popular opinion about some kickers, Bowden said, he punted because he loved it and because it is where he fit best. Still, he gets a hard time from some teammates who see him standing on the sideline during practices.
“There is definitely that misconception among fans and even teammates,” Bowden said. “We work hard at what we do. Just because we’re not kicking all practice doesn’t mean we’re not working hard.”
During the summer, Bowden kicked 50 to 60 punts four times a week. During the season, he has two intense days of punting followed by rest days. He also said he has been working in the sandpit at Virginia Tech’s practice facility. He does plyometric exercises with the strength coaches, such as doing broad jumps and tossing medicine balls.
“When they say that stuff, it’s like you guys want to be us during practice,” Bowden said of his lax-practicing but high-pressure position, “but nobody wants to be us during games.”
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