TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior sprinter Andre Ewers, the top returning scorer from the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, begins his final season with the Seminoles on The Bowerman preseason watch list.
The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor, has been awarded annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) since 2009. It is presented to the top male and female student-athlete based on their performances through the indoor and outdoor seasons.
“I’m really excited for Andre to be considered for The Bowerman,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “There’s only one winner for the entire sport, so it’s incredibly hard to win. Being on the watch list is an honor, but one that he’s really earned.”
Ewers’ presence on The Bowerman preseason watch list puts him in elite company among Seminole greats. He joins 2011 winner Ngoni Makusha, Charles Clark (2011), 2012 semifinalist Maurice Mitchell and James Harris (2014) as the only Noles to ever appear on the list.
He is joined on the 2019 preseason watch list by Denzel Comenentia (Georgia), Mondo Duplantis (LSU), Grant Fisher (Stanford), Grant Holloway (Florida), Morgan McDonald (Wisconsin), Kahmari Montgomery (Houston), Chris Nilsen (South Dakota), Divine Oduduru (Texas Tech) and Anderson Peters (Mississippi State).
“I would love to see him join Ngoni as a Seminole winner at season’s end,” Braman added.
The 2019 award will be presented in December at the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando.
Ewers, a Jamaica native, opens his 2019 indoor season Friday at Clemson’s Orange & Purple Elite meet, where he will compete in the 200-meter dash. It will be his first competition since the NCAA Outdoor Championships, when he helped pull the curtain on Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field by finishing second in the 200, third in the 100-meter dash and anchoring FSU’s 4×100 relay team to a fifth-place finish.
A four-time, first-team All-American in his first year with the Noles, Ewers helped the Florida State men sweep the ACC indoor and outdoor team titles in 2018. He was selected as the ACC Outdoor Track Performer of the Year following his ACC Outdoor Championship Track MVP effort in Miami.
A transfer from Butler (Kan.) County College last January, Ewers turned in a memorable debut with the Noles, matching Dentarius Locke’s FSU record in the 60-meter dash (6.52) final at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at Iowa. He finished the year ranked No. 7 in the world. Ewers’ 20.60 at the ACC Indoor Championships ranks No. 5 all-time among Noles. He went on to finish eighth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
With outdoor season-bests of 9.98 in the 100-meter dash and 20.28 in the 200, Ewers enters his senior season ranked No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, among Seminoles all-time. His 9.98 at the NCAA East Preliminary meet was the fastest by a collegian last season and ranked No. 18 in the World. Ewers also had a wind-aided (2.3) 19.98 200-meter dash to his credit in 2018.
An 11-time junior college All-American following stops at South Plains (Texas) and Butler, Ewers first caught the attention of the Noles in 2014 when he was the Florida 4A state runner-up in the 100 and 200 while competing for Piper High School.
A native of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Ewers moved to South Florida at the age of 12. He is the son of Tashau Edwards and the proud father of his son, Aiden.