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Super 30: Yukon's Tyler Bowling blazing a trail to Division I football

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman is getting interest from Oregon State, Tulsa, Wyoming and Ohio
by Scott Wright Published: July 11, 2013

/articleid/3861342/1/pictures/2156533">Photo - Yukon's Tyler Bowling in Yukon, Thursday June 27, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Yukon's Tyler Bowling in Yukon, Thursday June 27, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

“Tyler's got some nice offers, and I think more are gonna come his way,” Wilson said. “The sucker wears a size 18 shoe. He'll just be 17 when he graduates. I think college guys feel like this guy could be a beast.

“You redshirt him, let him grow into his body, and he could be one of those guys who weighs 330 and can motor, because he does move well. That's what college guys see in him, because you can't teach that stuff.”

Wilson has been excited by the progress Bowling showed during spring practice and team camps. Bowling also attended individual camps as well, so that he's prepared to protect the blind side of quarterback Hayden Somerville in the fall, with the Millers seeking their fifth straight postseason trip.

Bowling is prepared to anchor the Yukon offensive line coming off his first season as a varsity starter. As a sophomore — having turned 15 just before the season — Bowling found it hard to get on the field among an experienced group of seniors.

“Part of it was that those guys were good, but part of it, he was just a kid. And he still is,” Wilson said. “His best football's way in front of him. He's got a chance to have a real good senior year, and go play college ball somewhere nice.

“If he'll keep working hard enough, there's no telling in three or four years where he could be.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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