97 - Brent Bowden Position: Punter
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 202 lbs.
High School: Westfield
Hometown: Centreville, Va.
photo The lone returning starter among the specialists ... Is slated to handle the Hokies' punting duties for the second straight year ... Finished the 2007 season with a 42.5-yard average per punt, the third-best season mark for a Tech punter since 1950 ... Placed 28 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... Set a Tech single-season mark for punting yards (3,742) and tied a school mark for punts (88) ... Has proven his strong leg can be a plus for Tech in gaining an edge in the battle for field position.

2007: Punted well in the opener with four of his six kicks downed inside the 20 ... Had a long of 52 yards and averaged 42.3 ... Punted eight times at LSU for a 40.1 average and four more inside the 20 ... Averaged 41.3 yards on seven punts versus Ohio with three inside the 20 ... Had eight kicks for a 43.1-yard average against W&M ... Contributed key punts of 54 and 59 yards late in the fourth quarter of win over UNC ... Posted a 46.4 average on eight punts at Clemson with a long of 57 ... Averaged 40.5 on four kicks against Duke ... Had three kicks inside the 20 in the BC game ... Punted seven times for a 47.1-yard average at Georgia Tech ... Had his lowest average of the season in the FSU game at 35.3 ... Punted just three times against Miami for 43.7 yards ... Averaged 48.2 yards on four punts at UVa ... Has seven punts in the ACC Championship game against BC, averaging 46.3 yards ... Finished with an average of 42.5 ... Tied a school season mark with 88 punts and broke the season record for yards with 3,742 ... Had 28 total punts inside the 20.

2006: Dressed for every game, but did not play ... Served as the backup to senior punter Nic Schmitt ... Also served as the back-up holder on kicks.

2005: Was redshirted ... Dressed for all 13 games, serving as the back-up punter ... Punted three times for a 44.7-yard average during the Maroon-White spring game ... Had a long punt of 48 yards and had one punt inside the 20.

High School: Was ranked as high as the No. 4 punter in the nation by scout.com ... Averaged 44 yards on 29 punts with a net of 37 and a long of 58 as a senior for Coach Tom Verbanic at Westfield ... Had 16 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, nine downed inside the 10-yard line, five inside the 5-yard line and eight fair catches ... Named first-team all state by both The Associated Press and the VHSCA as a punter following his senior year ... Named first-team All-Concorde District, first-team All-Northern Region and first-team All-Met by The Washington Post ... In 2003, Westfield's state championship year, averaged 40 yards, with a 38-yard net and a long of 64 yards, along with 11 fair catches and seven downed inside the 20 ... Was the MVP of the Virginia Kicking Camp in 2004 with a 47.7 yard average ... At the 2004 University of Michigan Camp, was second MVP and won Most Consistent, most inside the 20 and highest single punt hang time (4.95 seconds) ... Averaged 43.4 yards during that camp ... In 2003, at the Virginia Tech camp, was second MVP and won Most Consistent ... Older brother is Chris Hall, the former Florida State punter.

Personal: Brent Michael Bowden ... Born 5/21/87 in Huntsville, AL ... Son of Tim and Denise Bowden ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 14 1 0 1 0-0 0-0

Punting G No. Yds. Avg. LG I20
2007 14 88 3742 42.5 59 28
2008 12 54 2370 43.9 60 18
Career 26 142 6112 43.0 60 46