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February 7, 2014

Giant recruiting coup for ECU

Ada — Tim McCarty, head football coach at East Central University, is what might be called a pessimistic optimist.

That’s during football season.

On an ice-cold, gray day inside his office at ECU, with the opening kickoff seven months away, McCarty is an optimist’s optimist.

With 28 new recruits to bolster the depth chart of his ECU Tigers, and with the knowledge he lost only five seniors off last year’s .500 ball club, optimism is easy.

But that’s not what’s driving his current optimism. McCarty’s staff has recruited a road grader to take care of one side of his offensive wall this fall.

That would be a man  — and Kevin Bowen is a man —  all 6 feet 8 and a half inches and 342 pounds of him.

No, seriously...

This is an offensive tackle from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California who in his entire college football career, has never allowed a sack.

That’s NEVER, as in NEVER. At no time.

So that takes care of one side of the field. No matter how many mortal opponents line up to try to slow Bowen, holes will be popping up at all the mortals’ abandoned positions.

Choose your poison, gentlemen.

Jo Jo “Beep Beep” Snell could run between this guy’s legs undiscovered for 15 yards. And you know what happens when Beep Beep gets a coyote (safety) in a one-on-one disaster 15 yards downfield.

Chalk up six and go kick off again.

Granted, Kevin Bowen is a mythical creature in these parts right now. The important thing is, he’s already on campus eating local groceries.  He’s still trying to fill out, you know.

Bowen used to be a basketball player, but three years ago he tried football and never looked back.

McCarty tries to maintain his dignity while describing his new prize recruit, then starts to lose it just as quickly.

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