Taking care of business: Ex-PSU, Utah LB Manny Bowen had a good reason to step away from football
A day before Utah started fall camp, the program received some surprising news regarding transfer linebacker Manny Bowen. He decided to step away from football.
Bowen, who transferred from Penn State and transferred to Utah ahead of the 2019 season, met with head coach Kyle Whittingham to talk about his decision. When the information was first released, it was unknown why the linebacker decided to part ways with the program.
We now have some answers.
Josh Furlong of KSL tweeted out on Wednesday that Bowen decided to step away from the program to pursue a business opportunity, according to Whittingham. The opportunity apparently came along suddenly and Bowen felt it was too good to pass up.
Whittingham said Manny Bowen had a business opportunity open up for him and he felt like he had to take it. It just so happened that it came now. They had no indications in summer that this was going to happen.
— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) July 31, 2019
That’s a pretty good reason to step away from the game, even if it was suddenly. It wasn’t reported what exactly that business opportunity was, however.
Bowen finished the 2017 season with 51 total tackles, fifth-highest on the team. He also registered 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He ended his Penn State career with 136 stops, 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Bowen did not play in any games for Utah.