Former Oklahoma State offensive lineman Michael Bowie has signed with Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, the school announced Wednesday.
OSU coach Mike Gundy announced last week that Bowie, who was projected to start at left tackle for the Cowboys, was no longer with the program after violating team rules.
Bowie, a senior, made five starts in his first season at OSU in 2011. He originally signed with the Cowboys in 2009 but spent his first two seasons at Navarro College after he did not qualify academically at OSU.
Because NSU is a Division II school, Bowie will be eligible to play right away.
“Michael will be a huge addition to our offensive line,” NSU coach Kenny Evans said in a release. “He went through his first practice with us today, and you can tell that his talent level is as good as you're going to find at this level. I'm really excited for him to put on the pads so we can see what he can do at game speed.”
Without Bowie, OSU has moved junior Parker Graham from right tackle to left tackle. Sophomore Daniel Koenig has been taking first-team reps at right tackle.
GUNDY NOT SURPRISED WEEDEN NAMED BROWNS' STARTER
Monday's official announcement from the Cleveland Browns that former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden would be the team's starter for the 2012 season wasn't really anything more than a formality. After all, the Browns used a first-round pick in April's NFL Draft to select the best signal-caller in OSU history.
Cowboy coach Mike Gundy certainly wasn't surprised at the news.
“I don't know a lot about NFL,” Gundy said following Tuesday's practice. “But I kind of guessed that if they took him in the first round and they were going to put that kind of money in him, that they were going to put him out there and start him.
“I'm sure that he's handled the situation very well — being there on time and his leadership skills and has probably proven to them that he gives them the best chance to win games. I hope things work out well for him. I know we have a lot of confidence in his ability.”
Weeden went 23-3 in two seasons as the Cowboys' starter and holds nearly every OSU passing record, including yards (9,260), touchdowns (75).