Ex-Duck w/ big leg headed to WSU, says coach

MIKE BOWLIN

FORMER OREGON kicker Mike Bowlin, who verbally committed to San Jose State a week ago, is now headed to Washington State, according to his long-time kicking coach and nationally recognized specialist guru Chris Sailer. Bowlin could put a jolt into Cougar kickoffs not seen since the days of Adam Holiday.

Sailer, who has worked with Bowlin since 2005, announced the move via twitter. Bowlin will have three years to play two seasons, and could instantly solve the Cougars' ongoing lack of distance on kickoffs.

This past season, at Saddleback JC, Bowlin averaged 64.1 yards per kickoff with 14 touchbacks. By comparison, WSU had one touchback in 2011.

Bowlin also hit on 11 of 15 field goal attempts this past season.

In 2009 Bowlin was a top prospect coming out of Aliso Niguel High School southeast of Santa Ana, Calif., and went to Oregon on a full ride. He redshirted that season and was expected to contend for time in 2010. But he left school following involvement in a late-night campus brawl in January 2010, and headed to the JC ranks.

"Mike has as much talent as anyone in the nation," Sailer has said. "A huge leg and tons of potential. Pure on field goals and huge on kickoffs. Is going to be a great fit for a program that needs someone to step in and play. Also a very capable punter."

Sailer's organization, by the way, also has tutored current WSU long snappers Zach Koepp, Alex Den Bleyker and Ryan Saparto, as well as punter Tyler McNannay.

AT WSU, Bowlin would figure to compete immediately for kickoff chores, as returning kickers Andrew Furney and Alex Gauper often struggled to get kickoffs deeper than the 10 yard line. In 58 kickoffs this past season, Furney collected just one touchback, while Gauper had none in 12 kickoffs.

Field goal and PAT duties were a different story, though. Furney was good on 14 of 16 with a long of 51 yards.

McNannay, of Colfax, redshirted this past season and was thought to be in line for kicking or punting duties when he arrived in Pullman this past August. He was an all-state kicker, punter and running back in high school but is firmly believed to be the heir apparent to Dan Wagner as the Cougars' punter.

NOTABLE NOTE:
At 6-0, 215 pounds and a powerful style, Terrell Davis isn't the prototypical running back for an Air Raid offense. And so he won't be coming to Washington State to play for Mike Leach, he tells CF.C. He might, however, still play in the land of the Pac-12. Arizona State has been in contact and showing heavy interest, setting up an official visit for Jan. 13.

Cougfan.com Recommended Stories


  • IN SIX DAYS, we put RIP next to the Cougars' 2014 season. It hasn't been a good one by anyone's measure, but there's an opportunity to finish on a high note with a win over Washington in Saturday…

  • Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!

  • BE ARMED. BE READY. Yes, Cougfans, even though their coach is in need of teeth-whitener for a very good reason, Husky partisans are still insufferable. That's why it's always nice to have a good Dawg…

  • NOT MANY QUARTERBACKS throw for more than 600 yards and still lose the game. Luke Falk and Connor Halliday have both done it this season. In the case of the Cougars, the numbers aren't indicative of…

  • Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.