A starter in the Utah Utes secondary since he was a true freshman, Eric Rowe brings a wealth of experience, speed and, at 6-1, 202 pounds, the ability to pack a punch, to the secondary. He is Utah’s fastest (4.39 in the 40) defensive back and third fastest player on the team. Rowe has recorded 21 pass breakups during his career and can play both cornerback and free safety, positions he worked at consistently during 2014 spring practice.
Playing football in the talent rich state of Texas, Rowe was a standout at Klein High School in Spring, Texas, earning first-team 13-5A all district honors in 2010 after making the second team in 2009. He was a third-team Class 5A all-state selection as a junior and made honorable mention his senior year. Recorded more than 200 tackles during his career, nine interceptions, three blocked punts and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He was also an all-district basketball player as a junior.
Earned numerous freshman All-American honors as a true freshman in 2011, spreading his 13 starts between free safety and cornerback. Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 69 and recorded 10 passes defended. In 2012, Rowe earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors after starting 10 games for the Utes. A hamstring injury cost him two-and-a-half games, but he recorded 64 tackles and five pass breakups. Healthy again in 2013, Rowe started 12 games at free safety and recorded 69 tackles.
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