Auburn football fan-least-favorite Brock Bowers — who earned that title after amassing 157 receiving yards and scoring the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to break a 20-20 tie with minimal resistance from the Tigers defense, though not by their own fault — is now a Heisman candidate according to Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer.
“To the uninformed, this might seem like a ridiculous take,” Kramer prefaced before saying, “Although at this point, following another massive performance on Saturday on the road in critical moments, it’s no longer a stretch to throw Brock Bowers’ name into the conversation. It’s also time we start another conversation. Let’s at least start to embrace the possibility of a tight end—yes, a tight end—winning the Heisman.
“In a game Georgia never quite felt in control of, Bowers took over against Auburn. After falling behind 10-0, the Bulldogs crept back slowly. It was yet another sluggish start for the back-to-back national champions, although the program found life through a predictable channel.”
Auburn football was a historic Brock Bowers performance away from 2023’s most significant upset
It goes without saying that Bowers saved Georgia from having its 22-month-long winning streak, one that included two College Football Playoff Championship victories, at the hands of Hugh Freeze’s Auburn football program on the Plains during the September 30 instant classic.
Had the future NFL great at tight end not shown out in a way that is inspiring hyperbolic Heisman takes, AU might even be ranked heading into their Week 6 bye. Alas, Auburn has two losses in five tries and looked completely lost on the road in their SEC opener against Texas A&M.
The narrative isn’t that grim in reality, though. A program-building weekend was had even in a loss, and the pressure is now completely off of the Tigers of East Central Alabama, and completely on the Bayou Bengals’ shoulders on October 14 in Death Valley after LSU lost to Ole Miss.