Open main menu

Ross Bowers (American football)

Ross Buchanan Bowers (born November 19, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the California Golden Bears.

Ross Bowers
California Golden Bears – No. 3
Career history
High schoolBothell (Bothell, Washington)
Personal information
Born: (1996-11-19) November 19, 1996 (age 22)
Bothell, Washington
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)


Early yearsEdit

Bowers attended Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington. His father, John, was assistant coach for James Madison football between 2013 and 2016. His mother, Joanne, spent ten seasons as the head women’s gymnastics coach for the Washington Huskies between 2006 and 2016.[1]

In 2014, as a senior, he led Bothell High School to a 24–14 win in the 4A State Championship. He scored a touchdown on a flip during this game.[2]

College careerEdit

In 2014, Bowers committed to the University of California, Berkeley.[3] He redshirted his first year at California in 2015 and spent 2016 as a backup to Davis Webb.

2017 seasonEdit

In 2017, Bowers took over as Cal's starting quarterback.[4][5] In his first career start, he completed 24 of 38 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns against UNC.[6]

On October 13th, 2017, Bowers led the Golden Bears to a 37–3 win against #8 Washington State. He executed a flip, similar to the one in 2014, to put the Bears up 27–3 in the fourth quarter.[7] This was Cal's first win against a top ten team since 2003.[8]

The Bears finished the 2017 season with a 5–7 record. Bowers finished the season with 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and over 3,000 yards passing.[1] He is the seventh player in Cal history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.


Season Passing[1] Rushing[1]
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg/P Avg/G TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2017 272 461 59.0 3,039 6.6 253.3 18 12 60 -142 -2.4 3
Totals 272 461 59.0 3,039 6.6 253.3 18 12 60 -142 -2.4 3


  1. ^ a b c d "2017 Football Roster: Ross Bowers".
  2. ^ "Watch a high school QB do a frontflip into the endzone in state title game". USA Today. 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  3. ^ "Cal quarterback commit Bowers signs, will enroll early". The Mercury News. 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Ross Bowers named starting QB as Cal reveals depth chart". San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ "California names Ross Bowers as starting quarterback". USA Today.
  6. ^ "Cal defeats North Carolina in Wilcox's coaching debut". The Mercury News. 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "WATCH: Cal QB nearly pulls off front flip as he scores TD". Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  8. ^ "Cal-WSU Postgame Notes".