|Updated: 8/08/2012 11:09 pm
||Published: 8/08/2012 11:06 pm
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Northeastern State University Head Football Coach Kenny Evans announced Wednesday the addition of Michael Bowie to the roster for the upcoming 2012 season.
Bowie has enrolled at NSU and is expected to receive his bachelor of science degree in health and human performance in May 2013. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound senior left tackle will have one year of eligibility remaining with the RiverHawks, and he is eligible to play right away.
“Michael will be a huge addition to our offensive line,” Evans said. “He went through his first practice with us today, and you can tell that his talent level is as good as you’re going to find at this level. I’m really excited for him to put on the pads so we can see what he can do at game speed.”
Bowie transfers from Oklahoma State University, where he started five games late in the season and was projected to be the starting left tackle for the Cowboys this upcoming year. He was released from OSU, however, and chose to play his final year with the RiverHawks.
“I had a couple teammates from high school that were at Northeastern State and wanted me to play with them,” Bowie said. “I’m glad I’ve been given the opportunity to finish up my last year with a team like NSU. I expect nothing but the best from myself in my final year of college football. I just want to improve my technique, get better with my hands and help my team win games.”
Bowie played in all but one game last year with OSU, and he earned the starting job late in the season. He never allowed a sack on then-quarterback Brandon Weeden. He also helped lead the Cowboys to a 12-1 record, a top three national ranking and a victory over Stanford in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Bowie will be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, and he is projected to be selected anywhere between the second and sixth rounds.
The Sand Springs, Okla., native originally signed with the Cowboys in 2009, but he played his first two seasons at Navarro College. He was rated as the No. 34 junior college prospect in the country after his sophomore season, and he also helped lead Navarro to the junior college national championship.
He attended Charles Page High School and was an all-district, all-metro and all-state selection his senior year. Rivals.com rated him as America’s 30th best offensive line prospect and No. 16 among state seniors that year.
Other RiverHawks that played with Bowie in high school were junior wide receiver Shane Devers, sophomore quarterback Johnny Deaton and sophomore running back Terrance Dixon.
Story courtesy of NSU media relations.