Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Adarius the great

Heisman hopes dashed early, outgoing Bowman still dominant

Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman breaks free for a 54-yard touchdown against Kansas last year. Bowman caught 13 passes for 300 yards in the Cowboys' comeback victory last year in Lawrence. After a bad game against Troy earlier this season, Bowman has bounced back and once again is putting up some huge numbers.

Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman breaks free for a 54-yard touchdown against Kansas last year. Bowman caught 13 passes for 300 yards in the Cowboys' comeback victory last year in Lawrence. After a bad game against Troy earlier this season, Bowman has bounced back and once again is putting up some huge numbers.



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The cover of Oklahoma State's media guide features Adarius Bowman. His "big playlist" last year included several against KU.

The Oklahoma State media were shocked.

After the Cowboys beat Kansas State, 41-39, on Oct. 20, a few players filed out of the locker room to talk to reporters as they do every week. But this time, standout wide receiver Adarius Bowman emerged, plopped down and answered his share of questions.


Bowman, you see, had been avoiding reporters for six weeks prior to that day, an odd move for a talkative personality who has a Web site dedicated to his greatness.

"I had to go to work, man," Bowman told the Tulsa World that day. "A lot of stuff (is) different about me. I just changed my whole demeanor and put it all toward the team."

As he said this, Bowman had "Big 12" shaved into his head. So that outgoing side of him wasn't all gone.

But it seems, as Oklahoma State prepares to play No. 5 Kansas University on Saturday, that Bowman is back down to earth. The senior wideout undoubtedly was swept away by the stardom that followed him after a phenomenal game against KU a year ago. Bowman had 13 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jayhawks in 2006, prompting KU coach Mark Mangino to mutter "he gets my vote for the Heisman."

Bowman seemed to be the perfect combination of talent and make-up to pursue a Heisman run in 2007, but it fell apart about as quick as it started.

It was a Friday night game at Troy on Sept. 14. There, Bowman had seven catches for 57 yards, but dropped several easy passes in front of a national television audience. Worse than that, Oklahoma State lost to the Sun Belt foe, 41-23, to drop to 1-2 on the young season.

Bowman zipped his lips after that game. He hasn't been on a short list of Heisman candidates since.

"I felt like I had too many distractions," Bowman told the Tulsa paper. "We needed to put a lot more focus on playing rather than trying to hear everything else that's been going on."

Such as, a Web site OSU's athletic department launched to bring more attention to the Chattanooga, Tenn., native. Or the Cowboys' media guide cover, which has Bowman front-and-center, sporting a box cut and holding out an iPod with pictures of him on the screen.

With that hype pretty much in the past, Bowman is just buckling up and playing now - something OSU coach Mike Gundy likes.

"Adarius has been a good player for us the last couple of years, whether he's catching the ball or if he doesn't have the ball in his hands," Gundy said. "He's a really good blocker for us. He averages about six knockdowns a game."

Bowman currently is sixth in the Big 12 with 57 receptions, and fourth in the league with 910 receiving yards. He's still in line to put up monster numbers, and his 6-foot-4 frame along with the speed and ability will make him some money in the NFL next year.

Texas coach Mack Brown was impressed, after Bowman had seven catches for 108 yards and a score in a 38-35 loss to the Longhorns on Saturday.

"Bowman was blocking our linebackers," Brown said. "He's tough. He's fast. I bet he's 230 pounds. He's just an amazing player. : He has to be as good as any receiver in the country."

Jayhawk fans don't need the assurance. Even though Bowman had just 308 yards combined in his next five games after the Lawrence visit, that performance against KU was enough to give him some sort of lifetime achievement award.

Bowman probably will have another big role against Kansas on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. Like the Jayhawks, Oklahoma State is versatile enough on offense to attack the opposition any way it sees fit. With KU's rush defense numbers as good as they are, the Cowboys could choose to air it out.

With the newfound focus, Bowman will be ready. All the hollow hype is behind him, and he is considered just one of the parts now.

It seems to be working better that way.

"Between him and (tight end Brandon) Pettigrew and (running back Dantrell) Savage and the other tailbacks and the quarterback, we just have to use which one the defense gives us," Gundy said. "At times they take the throwing game away, and we run it. If they take the running game away, we try to throw it.

"We just do the best we can to spread it around with what they give us."


Displayhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Don't forget to vote for Todd Reesing for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback award and for Coach Mangino for Coach of the Year! Please vote every day!

Michael Leiker 12 years, 11 months ago

The closer it gets....the less I'm scared about this game. I think KU is a much better team and with the injuries to their defense, no problem.

Also, unlike the NU game, Bill Young and MM know what to expect in this one. It's not like you're going to expect them to run it 40 times and you're going to get surprised when they throw it 50. 2 deep zone all game, keep everything in front of you. Just like Colorado. Offense takes care of business.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

All the Cowboys have is Bowman ... look at the receiving CORP that the Jayhawks have - and how young they all are with Reesing ...

this is going to be fun for a while!

rockchalks7 12 years, 11 months ago

and mr. talib will be alongside Bowman all day long... Jayhawks are the much better team and will continue their undefeated run

John Strayer 12 years, 11 months ago

I certainly hope the DBs watch the game film from last year and study it is time for Talib to have a great game.

okjhok 12 years, 11 months ago

I still believe this will be the toughest test as of yet for the Jayhawks. The is the most dynamic offense we've seen so far. Savage is an awesome back and even Talib will have a hard time with Bowman. Dude's just too big and can shield defenders. Look what Purify did to Talib. Talib is awesome, but Bowman will not be shut down completely by anyone, and I'm sure the coaches are prepared for that. This may be the first time this season where we can't gameplan to shut down one aspect of an offense. OSU is solid at all points with respect to offensive playmakers. (Can't speak for the line.) That said, their defense is definitely suspect. I think we can expect a fair amount of points in this one, because barring turnovers, OSU will get theirs playing at home. And we know Sparky doesn't like being behind. Let's get it done.

actorman 12 years, 11 months ago

The defense had better play a lot better than it did against NU. After what Purify did last week, and what Bowman did last year, this game still scares the hell out of me. I think the key is that we HAVE to put more pressure on the QB. It also wouldn't hurt to double-team Bowman once in a while. It seemed like Purify went against single coverage the whole game. Combined with very little pressure on the QB, it's no wonder he had such a big game.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 11 months ago

One of the really encouraging comments about the OSU-UT game was that UT wore them down over the course of the game. My guess is that we see that again this week. We have had a habit of starting slowly, and gainig momentum as the game progresses and the coaches make adjustments.

Talib won't shut down Bowman any more than he did Purify or Bowman last year. AB is too good, and they'll also move him around to match him against other defenders and gaps. Fortunately, the DB's & LB's are much better this year than last, so no more 300 yd games.

That being said, our O is just as diverse as theirs, and will eventually leave their D behind.

KU by 10

Rock Chalk

okjhok 12 years, 11 months ago

actorman, I would go so far to say that the pass rush has been the biggest defficiency anywhere on the team this year. Given that, I'm not optimistic that it will be there this Sat either. The D has been solid this year, but like it or not, we've relied on offenses killing themselves as well. Just look at the turnover margin. Granted, that statistic is due in part to defensive play, but we've received some gifts. Hopefully, Bill Young can throw in some creative blitz packages that can get to the quarterback.

bmcmich1 12 years, 11 months ago

All our team really needs to do to win the game IMO is get a few key stops here and there and NEVER let their foot off the gas on O. OSUs defense isn't that good when 100% healthy, much less when they have injuries as well as a LB who is in Texarcana right now dealing with not-so-good personal stuff that could distract the team.

I feel like the 'Pokes will come out hot, firing on all cylinders, and our D may not be able to fully stop 'em at first. SO, our O has to make sure and hit 'em right back until the D can get a stop or two, keep on rockin and rollin, and OSU will deflate faster than a popped balloon.

For as much crap as the D has been getting after Nebraska, we have to remember that they got FOUR STRAIGHT TURNOVERS in the second half!! Our Defense IS FINE. As long as our offense puts up good #s against their mediocre defense, I'm confident in our D to make enough stops to pull out a comfortable W. Of course, that's just how I feel; nobody truly knows how this will play out because it may end up being just like every one of our road games to date--a hard fought, low scoring affair. Can't wait either way, ROCK CHALK.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

the over/under is 69 points ...

expect this one to be VERY interesting!

Kevin Long 12 years, 11 months ago

I'm with my boy liekness. I was worried about this game until about yesterday and then I remembered how good we are. KU wins, but OSU will keep it somewhat close.

The only bad part about the win over NU was Corso picked us too. I don't want him on the wagon. He's an idiot. It comes from upbringing. His parents were probably idiots too.

shelleysue 12 years, 11 months ago

How in the world did Chase Daniel get Big 12 offensive player of the week over Reesing? Seriously. Reesing completed 73% of his passes to Daniel's 59%. He set a school record with 6 touchdown passes, Daniel tied a record with 5. Reesing didn't throw an interception and didn't get sacked. How does throwing for 67 more yards justify giving it to Daniel when Reesing clearly had the best day overall?

I'm not gonna lie - for Christmas I want the KU defense to make Chase Daniel regret ever stepping foot onto the field at Arrowhead. I'll donate $25 to youth football in Lawrence for every sack. Anybody with me?

Good luck Saturday at OK State. Rock Chalk!!

okjhok 12 years, 11 months ago

Daniel did what he did on the road against a good defense, thereby justifying the award. Don't get too bent out of shape by that stuff. Know what matters most. Sparky does...9-0.

Kevin Long 12 years, 11 months ago

Man! All this voting! I feel like it's election day. "Rock the Vote"

goldlighting 12 years, 11 months ago

This article about this dude's gigantic ego is poster here because?

Kevin Long 12 years, 11 months ago

Lol! Didn't know that. You can see I vote for the most important things though!

William James 12 years, 11 months ago

Its nice to see all you guys have moved on from the Nebraska game, unlike Chuck Woodling, who is still kicking out articles about last weekend. The more I think about it, the more I like KU in this one. Yes, O-State scorched our secondary last year, but so did Baylor and Nebraska.

O-State will come out strong on senior day and we never get off to good starts so nobody panic if the first quarter dosent go well. O-State plays two of the best teams in the country in 8 days. By the 3d Qtr they will be emotionally drained and it will show.

KU 38 O-State 21.

seattlehawk_78 12 years, 11 months ago

I think KU is getting its due. Everyone is talking about us and saying favorable things. Mangino and Reesing are both getting credit. We are used to this in basketball but it doesn't happen often in football. Enjoy!

pmohr13 12 years, 11 months ago

Did anyone else notice that in that link that ramsrevenge posted, it says Todd Reesing is a FR?

Roger Tobias 12 years, 11 months ago

Crucial to winning, and no one has mentioned it yet, is that we cannot pass up any red zone chances. Remember the missed FG's at A&M. I don't want to know that the O and the D played well but special teams lost it for us.

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