Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State senior Joshua Bowen has been selected for the 2015 Pervis Atkins Spirit Award, announced head coach Doug Martin Thursday. Each season, Martin picks a player who personifies the Aggie spirit and who chooses to make a difference daily with his attitude and work ethic both on the field and in the classroom.
The award, created by Charlie Rogers and his former NM State teammates, was made to honor NM State football great and Hall of Famer Pervis Atkins, who played for the 1960 undefeated Aggies. It is for the one football player who has positively contributed the most to and for his team and who gives 110 percent whether it is on the practice field, the sideline or the playing field.
“Josh epitomizes a great team player,” said Martin. “He started as a walk-on and earned a scholarship through hard work, courage and leadership. Through both his words and actions, he showed his teammates what a true Aggie looks like both on and off the field. He pushes himself and everyone around him to be better.”
Bowen completed his career as an Aggie after playing in 36 games over four years. He amassed 899 yards on 109 receptions and scored five touchdowns. During the 2015 season, Bowen scored two touchdowns at Georgia Southern. As a senior, the wide receiver also racked up 106 yards on 10 catches against Idaho, which included a 23-yard reception on fourth down in overtime to advance the Aggies prior to their go-ahead touchdown.
Pervis Atkins Spirit Award Recipients
2013 – Davis Cazares
2014 – Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
2015 – Joshua Bowen