NCAA Football

ESPN: Napa’s Brock Bowers is a top-10 player in college football

From the Vine Valley Athletic League in the North Bay to the State of Georgia’s beloved Bulldogs, Napa native Brock Bowers knows how to make an impact.

Bowers, a product of Napa High School, made a huge splash as a true freshman in 2021, helping propel the University of Georgia to the NCAA football National Championship. Now, he’s listed as the eighth-best collegiate player in the Nation by ESPN.

Here’s what the ESPN staff had to say about Bowers, all 6-foot-4, 230 pounds of him.

Bowers was arguably the best tight end in the country last season, as a true freshman. It’s hard to imagine what he might do in his second season with the Bulldogs if he stays healthy. He had 56 catches for 882 yards with a school-record 13 touchdown receptions in 2022. He figures to once again be quarterback Stetson Bennett’s favorite target.


As noted by ESPN, quarterback Stetson Bennett returns to Georgia as well, and that bodes well for Bowers. Familiarity is key among quarterbacks and playmakers like Bowers, and in this case, will propel the North Bay native even further up the food chain in NCAA football.

I personally can’t wait to see Bowers play again this season. His story is truly remarkable for a North Bay athlete. Not only did he star at Georgia last year, but he did so as a true frosh, just one year removed from high school.

So how good can Bowers be? If he chooses to play professionally, as I assume he will, he could be one of the all-time greats, purely based on his current trajectory. But it’s one season at a time for Bowers, and it appears he is primed for another great one.

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