Gundy Announces Bowie No Longer With Team

On the eve of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reporting for fall camp the notion that no news is good news leading up to the start of camp came true again. While Mike Gundy was hosting members of the media and some supporters on Wednesday, the Cowboys head coach announced that senior starting offensive tackle Michael Bowie would not be with the team this season.

Bowie is a product of Sand Springs (Okla.) High School where he was an All-State player and of Navarro (Texas) Junior College where he was an all-conference performer that helped win a national championship while playing for the Bulldogs. At OSU, Bowie started five games his junior year beginning with Missouri and going through Iowa State. He did not start the last two games of the season against OU and in the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford.

Gundy said Bowie was in violation of team rules. The head coach also added that the Cowboys have options in replacing Bowie in the lineup.

"It helps that Wick (offensive line coach Joe Wickline) shuffles the lineman around, and he will have options to replace Bowie. We have guys that have worked hard and they might not have as much experience, but we expect them to play," said Gundy.

"Anytime you lose a good football player with experience it hurts your team, but this is not the first time this has happened," continued Gundy. "We've had unfortunate situations that have cost us players. We lost Dez Bryant, we lost Orie Lemon, and we lost Kendall Hunter for awhile.

"(Bowie) would have been a good player for us but it didn't work out. The thing people have to realize is that it is very difficult to play four or five years of college football. There is a certain standard of requirements that you have to meet in order to be a part of our football team, be it a coach or player. The team will be fine and another player will step in and play well."

The first option would be backup offensive tackles Daniel Koenig and Devin Davis as both have size, and Koenig has a good amount of experience. Another option is to move sixth-year senior Jonathan Rush to tackle, and fourth-year junior Brandon Webb, who is ready to play, could move in at guard.

The entire Oklahoma State team will report to camp by 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and the first practice starts Friday with a walk-through at 7:30 a.m.

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