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Cowboys rave about offensive lineman Michael Bowie

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 1, 2011

STILLWATER — There's no question that Michael Bowie has the physical tools of a Big 12 offensive lineman.

A 6-foot-4, 310-pound frame. Long arms. Long legs. Speed. Balance. Sheer athleticism.

That's why he was one of the most highly touted junior college prospects in the country last season.

“He's got all the things that you look for in a dynamic edge guy,” Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline said.

But when he transferred to OSU from Navarro Junior College this past spring, Bowie became one part of perhaps the best offensive line in the conference. All five starters returned from a unit that ranked seventh in the nation in sacks allowed (0.77 per game) last season and helped the Cowboys amass more than 520 total yards on offense per game.

Which makes Bowie's rapid ascent to the top of the depth chart even more impressive. He will start at left tackle in Saturday's opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

“He's got as much ability as anybody in our program, so we're going to give him a chance to compete,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said.

Because he's a first-year player, Bowie isn't yet allowed to speak to the media. No matter — his teammates and coaches can rave about him instead.

“From a physical standpoint, the guy's got it,” OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “He can really play. He can pass block. He can run block. He can do everything. He's one of those guys that it will be exciting to see how he progresses.”

Said Navarro coach Nick Bobeck: “He's blessed with great dimensions. He's a long-armed kid. He's got a great center of balance, and he's able to bend, which is something a lot of people his size are not able to do.”

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