Penn State linebacker Manny Bowen did not play in the Nittany Lions’ final three regular season games, and on Friday it was confirmed he will be not be with the team at the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 against Washington.
Bowen’s absence during the regular season was attributed to a “rules violation.” The junior was not listed on the team’s depth chart ahead of the Fiesta Bowl.
He was a key member of the Penn State defense for the first nine games of the season, recording 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He missed easy Nittany Lions wins over Rutgers, Nebraska and Maryland to close the regular season.
Brandon Smith, Jason Cabinda — who ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit called a “future star” — and Koa Farmer are listed as Penn State’s three starters at linebacker for the bowl game. Bowen’s future with the team beyond the Fiesta Bowl is unclear. He has one year of eligibility remaining.