Oklahoma State in Jeopardy of a Losing Season in 2012
Already in the transition of replacing their 28-year-old quarterback with one that's 10 years younger, finding a play-making wide receiver to compensate Justin Blackmon in a lacking corps, and trying to convert one of the worst defenses in the nation to average, the Cowboys now have something else to add to their already-full plate.
Starting left tackle Michael Bowie was dismissed from the team today for violation of team rules, reports Gina Mizell of NewsOk.
“Mike was a good player for us, but it didn’t work out,” coach Mike Gundy said. “And I think the one thing people have to realize that it’s extremely difficult to play college football and there are certain standards and requirements that you have to meet in order to be a part of our football team, and that’s coaches and players."
The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder played in every game last year and started five.
This is a huge blow to an offense that was already feeling the repercussions of NFL departures. Not only did the 'boys lose Weeden and Blackmon, but No. 2 and 4 receivers Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam do not return, along with three other starting offensive linemen.
Running back Joseph Randle is back for his junior season, but Oklahoma State hasn't been about the rushing attack in quite some time.
But if it wants to stay relevant in the high-scoring Big 12, it'll need to create a new identity on the offensive side of the ball while getting some help from the 107th-ranked defensive unit.
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