Evans gets difficult task

ATHENS – If Paul Oliver was still around, there would be no doubt about who'd cover Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman.

But Oliver is gone, an offseason victim of academics, and the job of shadowing the Cowboys' No. 1 offense threat may land on sophomore Bryan Evans.

"I've been moving to his side in practice," said Evans, who started four games last year. "If I prepare myself the way I should and go out and show myself Saturday, I wouldn't mind everybody knowing who Bryan Evans is."

Most college football fans already know about Bowman. After two lackluster years at North Carolina, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native transferred to Oklahoma State, where his career took off to the tune of 1,180 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last year.

His 90.9 receiving yards per game ranked 11th nationally last year, and he set a Big 12 record with 300 yards against Kansas.

"There's not many guys running around who are 6-3, 220 and who can run and catch like he can," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.

The Cowboys make it difficult for defenses to develop a plan for Bowman by lining him up often as the slot receiver. The Bulldogs feel they can be more physical with Bowman when he lines up in the slot, safety Kelin Johnson said.

"When a big time receiver goes in the slot, he's going to get the ball, so you have to put your hands on him and disrupt his routes," Johnson said.

Bowman is confident his team can have success this season, he said at Oklahoma State's weekly media session.

"I know from the film we have been watching and the information we've heard that they are lacking experience on defense," Bowman said. "I look at that as an advantage."

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