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Byron Cowart | Defensive End

Team: Maryland Terrapins
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 293

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NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang predicts that Memphis DL Byron Cowart will start to "live up to the hype" at the Reese's Senior Bowl.
We can see it. Events like this -- and especially the combine -- are where athletes can shine, and Cowart is a heck of an athlete. Unfortunately, the former five-star recruit has not lived up to his ridiculous high school hype at Auburn or Maryland on the football field. Rang hears that Cowart is now up to a chiseled 290 pounds to go along with his 6-foot-4 height, and has "shown maturity and resiliency in re-building his reputation." There are going to be questions surrounding Cowart until he does it on the field, but there's no doubt he's going to intrigue scouts if he shows out in Mobile. Jan 21 - 5:05 PM

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Maryland redshirt junior DL Byron Cowart accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

You can't play in the Senior Bowl if you're not heading to the NFL Draft. We'll let you do the math. Cowart (6'4/270) was a five-star commit who just never put it together on the field, but the talent is immense; you don't get an invite to an event like this if you don't have ability. He'll project as a Day 3 selection now, but Cowart could really improve his stock if teams believe in the tape and he stands out in Mobile.
Jan 5 - 3:44 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Maryland redshirt junior DL Byron Cowart a seventh-round grade coming into the 2018 season.

Cowart transferred to Maryland in December as a former five-star recruit who has battled injuries throughout his college career. When healthy, however, he showed moments of what made him so highly regarded as a prep player. "Cowart is a nice-sized [6'4/270] defensive lineman who can stop the run or rush the passer but must do so on a consistent basis," Pauline writes. Expectations are understandably at a minimum, but keep an eye on the former LSU defender. He's capable of breaking out if he can stay on the field.
Mon, Jul 16, 2018 04:51:00 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren forwards Maryland junior DL Byron Cowart as a former high-star recruit running out of time to make his mark.

Cowart (6'3/252) ranked as ESPN's No. 1 overall recruit in the 2015 class. He initially signed with Auburn, but after a two-year stay in the program which included limited statistical production (15 tackles) and an appendectomy, he bounced down to the JUCO ranks for the 2017 season before resurfacing in the FBS with a transfer to Maryland over the winter. While his has been a disappointing collegiate ride thus far, he's not completely without hope moving forward. Cowart still has two years of eligibility remaining to make good on his lofty initial ranking.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jun 19, 2018 04:04:00 PM

Former Auburn junior DL Byron Cowart will transfer to Maryland.

Cowart spent the season at the JUCO level, so he should be eligible to play immediately for the Terps. He also missed a portion of the 2016 season after an appendix removal. The former 5-star recruit will look to have a big, bounce back season.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Auburn junior DL Byron Cowart, a former 5-star recruit, will leave the program.

Cowart declared his allegiance to Florida during his recruitment, but after Will Muschamp's firing Cowart switched to Auburn, Muschamp's new defensive coordinator. As we all know, Muschamp only stayed for one season, likely leaving Cowart in a place he didn't want to be. Add on that Cowart never got going on the field (and ran into trouble off of it), and the decision makes sense.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 10:19:00 AM

ESPN's Derek Tyson reports that Auburn sophomore DE Byron Cowart will miss the remainder of the regular season following the removal of his appendix.

Cowart will sit out games against Alabama A&M and Alabama over these next two weekends as he recovers from the surgical procedure. Whether the 6-foot-3, 252-pound sophomore will be able to make it back for bowl action has yet to be determined. Cowart had one small moment of infamy over the summer, when he was arrested for marijuana possession in May. No suspension came out of that arrest for ESPN 300's No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class. In four games played this season, Cowart had recorded six tackles while forcing one fumble.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Auburn will not suspend sophomore DE Byron Cowart, sophomore CB Carlton Davis III, sophomore CB Jeremiah Dinson or sophomore WR Ryan Davis for their May arrests for marijuana possession.

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that the quartet has been punished, but will not miss any actual games. "That's behind us," he said. "They're four fine young men, they made a mistake and I'm confident that they won't make any more." While they dodged the suspension bullet here, the four players in question are still facing misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession. They are due in court on July 21. A cynic might point out that Auburn opens the season against Clemson, giving Malzahn cause not to levy any suspensions -- particularly in the cases of Cowart (ESPN 300's No. 1 overall prospect for 2015) and Carlton Davis (named All-SEC Freshman last season). Malzahn insisted that his decisions were not made with that in mind, saying that the opening opponent had "zero" impact on the fates of Cowart and company.
Source: AL.com
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Auburn sophomore DE Byron Cowart, sophomore CB Carlton Davis III, sophomore CB Jeremiah Dinson and WR Ryan Davis were arrested for marijuana possession on Saturday.

This according to police records. The four young men in question are facing second-degree marijuana possession charges. Cowart and Carlton Davis are the big names in that group. The former was ESPN 300's No. 1 overall recruit for the 2015 cycle while the latter is a likely starter in the secondary for 2016. In a statement, HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm aware of the situation and we will handle the matter appropriately." Even if small-scale suspensions or the like come down the pike, this little indiscretion probably won't have legitimate long-term consequence for the involved quartet.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, May 2, 2016 08:49:00 PM

Auburn true freshman DE Byron Cowart, the No. 1 overall recruit in 2015, played on only 21.5 percent of Auburn's defensive plays this past season.

The Tigers basically used Cowart as a situational pass rusher. In that role, he showed plenty of promise. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound true freshman had four QB hits and 10 hurries on 103 pass rushes, earning a plus-3.2 overall grade.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Auburn DC Will Muschamp indicated that true freshman DE Byron Cowart will play "a lot" against Louisville in the team's season-opener.

"It doesn't matter first down, second down, third down. [Cowart]'s going to play in the game and play a lot," said new Tigers DC Muschamp. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound true freshman struggled to adjust to camp early, which resulted in a Twitter rant which he later called a "freshman mistake," but the five-star recruit has come on strong as August has progressed. It's telling that Muschamp has no plans to limit Cowart to select pass-rushing situations in the early going, a sign that the defensive end might have found his feet. Cowart was named the No. 13 impact freshman in the nation in a list NFL Media compiled over the spring.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 06:59:00 PM

Following a Twitter rant by Auburn true freshman DE Byron Cowart, HC Gus Malzahn shrugged off the incident with the comment "He's a young guy [who] will learn."

Cowart was a five-star recruit out of high school and is considered one of the best true freshman in the country, but he's been frustrated adjusting in camp. After the team's final scrimmage of the preseason, he tweeted (among other things) "Being penalized because i was number 1 player but I'm struggling i don't care about the stars." The 6-foot-3, 252-pound defensive stalwart later deleted the tweet, calling it a "freshman mistake." Head coach Gus Malzahn didn't seem particularly upset when asked about it on Tuesday, saying, "He's a young guy and he's going to be fine."
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 04:51:00 PM

NFL Media ranks Auburn true freshman DE Byron Cowart as the No. 13 impact freshmen in the nation.

"Cowart will play a key part in coordinator Will Muschamp's retooling of the Tigers' defense," wrote Bryan Fischer. Cowart, 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, was the No. 1 overall recruit in the country. "The team lacked a strong pass rush last season, and though he might not earn a starting job right away, Cowart should still be able to rush the quarterback and contribute in a number of situations that require him to get after offenses," Fischer wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, May 23, 2015 01:02:00 AM

Five-star and top ranked DE recruit Byron Cowart announced he is signing with Auburn.

Cowart stands 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds and chose Auburn over Florida on National Signing Day. The shift between the two schools seemed to follow Will Muschamp's move from Florida to defensive coordinator with the Tigers.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 09:51:00 AM

ESPN.com's RecruitingNation predicts No. 1 overall recruit DE Byron Cowart will choose Auburn over Florida.

"Both teams were able to visit Cowart at school this past week," noted ESPN. "FSU is still technically in consideration but he had a chance to visit the Noles the final weekend and decided not to. In the end the relationship Cowart, and more importantly his mother, has with new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will ultimately win out for Auburn but it's a very tight race." The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Cowart's scouting report reads: "Cowart is an athletic, physical and at times very explosive defender who should enhance his stock depending on physical development and improved awareness skills. A player with a lot of physical tools to develop."
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 07:20:00 PM