Countdown to Kickoff: 16 days away with linebacker Derek Bowman, wide receiver Seth Porter

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Next on the Collegian’s countdown to kickoff is junior wide receiver Seth Porter and junior linebacker Derek Bowman.

Porter played in nine games as a special teams player and reserve wide receiver during the 2020 season. He blocked a punt against Texas Tech — the third blocked kick by the Wildcats in the first three games of the season.

Porter had a jet sweep for one yard against Oklahoma State and tallied a tackle in punt coverage against Texas. He was also First Team All-Academic Big 12 in 2020.

In 2019, Porter saw action in all 13 games, primarily on special teams. He caught a 12-yard pass against Bowling Green.

During his redshirt season in 2018, he was named the co-winner of the Red Raider Award, representing the top contributor on the scout team.

In high school, Porter was a second-team all-district safety in 2017, tallying 134 tackles, four interceptions and 18 press breakups in his high school career. His brother, Shane, is a true freshman receiver for the Wildcats.

Bowman is a junior linebacker from Manhattan who has yet to see playing time as a Wildcat.

In high school, Bowman played for the Manhattan Eagles — a team composed of homeschooled kids in the Manhattan area. He helped the Eagles go 10-2 and finish as a state runner-up in 2015.

Bowman earned First-Team All-Kansas Christian Athletic Association honors as a defensive back three times. As a running back, he received first-team honors twice and second-team honors once.

Bowman tallied 5,404 rushing yards and 118 touchdowns during high school and chipped in 17 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. He also lettered in basketball and was named to the First Team All-Kansas Christian Athletic Association as a senior.