2012 Gowder saw action in three games as a special teams contributor and backup fullback... Did not get credit for a rush or tackle.
2011 Gowder did not participate during the season.
2010 Gowder did not see action during his first season on campus... Spent extra time improving strength while rehabbing an arm injury that occurred in preseason camp... Practiced as H-back/tight end during fall practices.
High School Team captain as junior and senior... Named first team AA All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and All-Region selection as TE... Earned four varsity letters... Helped school to 6-4 mark as senior, catching 72 passes for 1,237 yards and 14 TDs... As running back, he ran for more than 1,200 yards and scored 21 touchdowns... Posted highest totals - 77 receptions for 1,423 yards - as junior... As linebacker, added 76 tackles and an interception as senior... Concluded prep career with 225 catches... Starts as forward on varsity basketball squad... As combo pitcher/shortstop, regarded among region's top baseball players... Threw no-hitter as junior.
Personal Blake Gowder... Son of Mike and Gail Gowder... Born July 17, 1991 in Blairsville... Youngest of three siblings: brother, Brad; sister, Kayla... Dad is chief operating officer of Union General Hospital; mom is administrator for Union County Dialysis... Six immediate family members are health care professionals... Enjoys trout fishing... Working toward a degree in Human and Organizational Development.