Bowie originally signed with OSU in 2009 and participated in fall camp, but he had to start his career at Navarro after he did not qualify academically.
By the end of his second season at Navarro, he was helping lead the school to the junior college national championship. Bobeck said that was the best game he had ever seen Bowie play.
“We've had a bunch of really talented kids come through this place, and he's right up there with all of them,” Bobeck said. “We're very proud of what he's done.”
That growth continued in OSU spring ball and fall camp, where Bowie's natural talent eventually beat out the experience of senior Nick Martinez, last season's starter at left tackle who has now moved to the backup at right guard, and sophomore Parker Graham, who is slated as Bowie's backup.
Wickline knows Bowie still has work to do. He hasn't completely mastered the unit's scheme yet. He needs to improve his cardiovascular fitness for OSU's no-huddle offense.
And because Martinez and Graham also “could start at the flip of the coin,” Wickline won't rush Bowie's development.
But Wickline sees Bowie's first-career game, and start, in an OSU uniform on Saturday as just the beginning of a promising career.
“If he continues to work hard and stays diligent about assignments and his cardio, he's got a chance to be one of the better players that's played here.”