Tay Bowser's Coming Along

Although he's tall, (6-4) and skinny (175 pounds), he plays much bigger and tougher. That's Mississippi State true freshman wide receiver Tay Bowser.

Bowser, who as a senior at Gilmer (TX) High School hauled in 47 passes for 1,119 yards and 12 touchdowns, has received a lot of accolades from Mississippi State head coach Sylvester and his position coach, Guy Holliday, during training camp due to his speed and playmaking ability. Compliments aside, how does he personally feel he is doing?

"I know I am struggling out there because I don't know the plays as well as I should, but I work hard," said Bowser, who claims a legit 4.4 in the forty yard dash. "I am running full speed out there every play. I guess they like that. My goal is to learn the plays and make plays for the Mississippi State Bulldogs this coming year."

However, learning the plays hasn't always been that easy due to playing in an offense that is not only new to him but one of the more complicated offenses in college ball, Mississippi State's version of the West Coast offense.

"It is a little complicated, but I'm coming along slowly and I'm getting it," said the 17-year old Bowser. "I just have to learn how to adjust my routes."

An offense that is somewhat complicated is not the only thing he's adjusting to. He's also facing cornerbacks that are much stronger than the ones he faced in high school. While you wouldn't think that strength would play that much of a factor for the wide receiver position, on initial contact after the ball is snapped, the cornerbacks are using their strength to keep the wide receivers on the line of scrimmage as long as possible. So far, that hasn't seemed to bother Bowser. In fact, he sees it as a challenge.

"I will be able to handle it," said Tay Bowser, whose maximum bench press in high school was a little over 200 pounds. "A lot of people underestimate me because I'm tall and skinny, but I'll handle whatever comes my way. I won't give up. If that means I'll have to run over someone, then I'll run over them."

Big words for such a tall, skinny wideout, but this is a youngster who, as a cornerback, helped his team earn a No. 1 ranking in total defense and scoring defense in their classification in the entire state of Texas and who, as a wide receiver, also made eight catches for 292 yards and three touchdowns (65, 68, 74 yards) in his team's quarterfinal and championship game victories.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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