Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Bower

High School Career

Roswell (GA) High School (1968-1971)

• Georgia Class AAA Back of the Year (’70)

• Georgia High School All-Star Football Game (’70)

• First team Scholastic Coach High School All-American (’70)

• Member of state championship teams in football (’68, ‘70); baseball (’69, ‘71); and basketball (’71)


College Career

University of Georgia (1971)

• Transferred after freshman year

University of Southern Mississippi (1972-1975)

• Career college totals: 278 of 506 passes, 3,589 yards, 20 TDs

• Team record 20-12-1

• Quarterback, team captain, and MVP

• Named to Honorable Mention AP All South team (’73)

• Completed school season record 58.3% of passes (’73)

• 6-5 record with no home games due to stadium renovation (’74)


Coaching Career

Graduate Assistant USM (1976-1981)

Quarterbacks coach SMU (1981-1986)

Quarterbacks coach Wake Forest (1987)

Assist. head coach, offensive coordinator & QB coach USM (1988-1989)

Offensive Coordinator, QB coach Oklahoma State (1990)

Head Coach USM (1990-2007)

• Career head coaching record: 119-83-1

• Conference USA Champions (’96, ‘97, ‘99, ‘03)

• Conference USA Coach of the Year (’97, ‘99, ‘03)

• Conference USA Coach of the Decade (’04)

• 14 Consecutive winning seasons (1994-2007)

• Bowl appearances in 10 of his last 11 seasons; record 7-3

• Landmark wins over national powers Alabama, Auburn, GA, LSU, & Nebraska

• Coached 51 All Americans; 145 All C-USA selections; 40 eventual pros

• Recognized American Football Coaches Assoc. for 92% graduation rate (’06)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• USM Sports Hall of Fame (1988)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2009)


Did You Know?

At the time of his induction, former quarterback Jeff Bower ranked sixth in the USM total offense record book and had coached all five of the quarterbacks in front of him including Brett Favre and Reggie Collier.

As an assistant and head coach, Jeff participated in 18 bowl games including his first game as a head coach at the 1990 All-American Bowl that featured USM vs. North Carolina State.

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