Poke Notes: Rumor Control as Summer Begins

First, nearly all of OSU's returning players were back in Stillwater in time for a 6 a.m. team meeting Monday morning. The players spent the rest of the day getting their summer school schedules, workout schedules, and taking care of any other business as they return to campus.

Former North Carolina wide receiver Adarius Bowman was on campus Monday and was enrolling in school. The former Tar Heel was suspended from the team last fall -- six games into the season -- because of a marijuana bust in the dorm. The charges against Bowman were later dropped. At UNC he played for current OSU wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer.

The 6-4, 217-pound receiver caught 18 passes last season for 329 yards and three touchdowns. As a freshman for the Tar Heels he caught 10 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He was a high school All-American at Chattanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame High School where he caught 52 balls for 1,339 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in that contest.

Bowman will have to sit out the 2005 season as a transfer and will have two years remaining.

As for Antoine Jameson, the wide receiver from BYU who was a possible transfer, he has academic work to make up before he can transfer anywhere.

I'm guessing the linebacker rumor that everyone is talking about is former Texarkana, Texas, linebacker Chris Collins. The 6-1, 225-pound Collins committed early to Texas last summer before he ran afoul of the law and missed his senior season. Texas did not honor his scholarship and he has since cleared up his legal problems. However, I don't believe OSU is bringing him in, and I have not heard of any other schools interested in him.

There is also rumors of a wide receiver, perhaps Justin Sealey, a 2004 graduate from Plano West coming in after training with a former OSU strength assistant in Owasso. I have been told that is rumor.

Another sad fact is that Cowboy incoming freshman punter/kicker Matt Fodge of Garland is going to miss the Oil Bowl. He reportedly was jumped last week near his home and suffered a broken arm (or elbow). Fodge had to pull out of the Oil Bowl, but should be OK by the start of preseason practice.

Edmond Memorial walk-on Cole Reynolds, heading to Oklahoma State, will punt and kick for the Oklahoma team in the Oil Bowl. He will be joined on the Oklahoma team by OSU incoming freshmen Noah Franklin (OL from Vinita) and walk-on WR/DB Brock Dixon of Tulsa Union. The Oil Bowl will kick off at 7 p.m. on June 18 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Bayou Bowl between Texas and Louisiana all-stars will be played this coming Saturday (June 11) in Bay City, Texas. There are three incoming OSU freshmen playing for Texas, all defensive backs. They are Quinton Moore of Pearland who will wear No. 6; Rickey Price of Cypress Falls who will play wide receiver and wear No. 24, and Andre Sexton of Cypress Falls who will wear No. 20. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.

I can tell you there is a possible transfer that I can not report right now, but hopefully will be able to report later this week. Stay tuned!

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