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).
BLAKE JACKSON LIGHTER, PICKING UP OFFENSE
Blake Jackson arrived at Oklahoma State in the spring rated as the best pass-catching tight end from a junior college. But Jackson had his share of high moments and low moments — drops and botched routes among them — during those 15 practices as he adjusted to Big 12 football.
So far during fall camp, however, inside receivers coach Doug Meacham said Jackson has progressed. He added that Jackson has lost 20 pounds since arriving at OSU, meaning he now projects even more as a big-bodied receiver and less as a traditional tight end.
“He's lighter on his feet, he runs routes better and his endurance is better,” Meacham said in a post-practice release from OSU. “He's a long kid and he's doing a lot of good things for us.
“When you know what to do, you play faster. When you're unsure, you play slower. That's the other issue, just adjusting to tempo and guys learning their assignments so they can play fast.”
GUNDY ‘PUSHING' FOR ORANGE HELMETS
Count Gundy as a passenger on the bandwagon that wants to add orange helmets to the Cowboys' uniform repertoire. He may even be the driver.
Gundy said during Tuesday's Cowboy Caravan in Oklahoma City that he's been “pushing” for orange lids ever since Nike decided to supply OSU with a wide variety of uniform combinations.
And he did not completely rule out the possibility of them being added to the fold this coming season.
“I still think there's a chance that we could have orange helmets this year,” Gundy said. “Believe it or not, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes with Nike and representatives with the helmet companies and if they think they're marketable or not marketable and all this and that.
“I am all for the orange helmets, because I think that would give us a nice little addition to our package.”
Currently, the Cowboys have white, black and gray helmets. Should orange helmets be added to the current lineup of jersey-pant-helmet options, that would give the Cowboys 64 possible uniform combinations.
OSU equipment manager Wes Edwards said last week that the school plans to add an orange helmet sometime in the future, but could not provide specifics on when.