Bowen 'Really Mad' at Low Expectations for OL
I wanted to post some of my recent interview with offensive lineman Tyler Bowen because I could not get everything into my story today about the offensive line. Bowen, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound sophomore, has been competing against Paul Pinegar and R.J. Dill at right tackle, which is wide open. Bowen has been excited about camp because he doesn’t have to deal with any more foot injuries, which have been bothering him seemingly forever.
“Everyone says we’re young or whatever,” Bowen said. “We’re not going to use that as an excuse.”
Bowen said the linemen bonded over the summer by hanging out a lot off the field. They held a cookout and did other activities to develop a close relationship with one another. Primary leadership, Bowen said, will come from senior center Phil Costa and junior left tackle Bruce Campbell.
“Phil was more a silent guy,” Bowen said. “Now as a fifth-year senior. He’s more vocal, that helps a lot. And he leads by example. Bruce is more of a leader. He has been a real help with the tackles.
“Phil talked to us in the summer. Every day after practice he sits and answers our questions. When he speaks, we listen. We have to work hard every day, that’s what he is saying.”
Bowen, like others, said the linemen are motivated by the low expectations, and that they take the slights personally.
“Some people say they don’t read press clippings,” Bowen said. “But I glance. To be ranked as the 11th or 12th offensive line in the ACC, it really makes me mad. They are just thinking of the seniors leaving.”
August 18, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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