100 Days to Football Time in Oklahoma: #2 Billy Bowman

Player Profile

Position: Safety

Height: 5’10″”

Weight: 194

Class: Junior

Seasons at OU: 2

Hometown: Denton, TX

Previous School: Ryan HS

The Path to Norman

Billy Bowman, a Denton, Texas product, started receiving offers two and a half years before his eventual signing day. A talented athlete, he first committed to the Longhorns in July, 2019. Things remained mostly quiet between Bowman and the Sooners until the summer of 2020, when an offer came. Many members of the 2021 class were very public in their pursuit of Bowman over the coming months. Beyond that, Bowman’s girlfriend – none other than Jayda Coleman – joined the Sooners softball team the same year. That fall, Billy decommitted from the Longhorns; Coleman gave her vote on the subject:

After that, it wasn’t long before Bowman decided to become a Sooner himself.

Career so Far

Bowman’s first year was… interesting. The young man generated a ton of buzz in the offseason and was named the starting nickel heading into the season. He started games throughout the first half of the season before being asked to work at corner. After that ill-fated attempt by the staff, Bowman essentially disappeared. Despite his athletic ability and obvious talent, the struggles in the secondary by the former staff led to a puzzling freshman season for Bowman.

In 2022, Bowman was a starter at safety. He played in 11 games and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury against TCU and was banged up after that. Even with that, it was clear all season that a healthy Bowman was a huge asset for the Sooners. He was a play-maker, hauling in three interceptions and was dangerously close to a lot more.


Years: 2022 | 2021 | Career

Games Played: 11 | 11 | 22

Tackles: 60 | 22 | 82

TFL: 2 | 1.5 | 3.5

INT: 3 | 0 | 3

FF: 1 | 1 | 2

FR: 1 | 0 | 1

PBU: 5 | 2 | 7

Stats via Soonersports.com


This Season

Bowman had an excellent offseason and has been locked in as a starter since the end of last season. He was announced as a starter at safety this week, with Reggie Pearson or Key Lawrence starting at the other safety spot. Freshman Peyton Bowen is backing up Bowman and is certainly talented enough to earn a lot of snaps this year. The entire safety room is a promising one and has a lot of depth. However, Bowman is one of the Sooners’ most important leaders – he’s a captain for game one – and one of its most talented players, capable of producing an All-Big 12 type season.