TCU defensive end Brandon Bowen will reportedly miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery this offseason.
Gary Patterson announced the news Sunday following the Horned Frogs’ first preseason practice, according to 247Sports’ Jeremy Clark. Clark later said on the FrogCast, 247Sports’ TCU podcast, that Bowen’s surgery was for a shoulder injury.
Bowen played in three games last season before missing the rest of the year with an injury. He was a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He was the third-highest rated prospect in that class for the Frogs.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound lineman was second on the post-spring depth chart at defensive end behind Mat Boesen. His injury will likely mean more snaps for redshirt freshmen Isaiah Chambers and Gary Overshown. The Frogs are also experimenting with using linebacker Ty Summers as a defensive end.
Bowen’s father, Ryan, was a major league pitcher for five years. His uncle, Bruce, won three championships with the San Antonio Spurs during a 13-season NBA career and currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
TCU opens the 2017 season at home against Jackson State on Sept. 2.