Sophomore receiver maturing, growing into new role

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Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

Michael Bowman had the talent to contribute as a freshman for Havelock’s 3A state championship team last season.

The 5-foot-11 wide receiver remained on junior varsity until the Rams made the postseason. Rams’ head coach Jim Bob Bryant wanted to gauge Bowman’s dedication to the football program.

A year older, Bowman has blossomed into one of Havelock quarterback Pharoh Cooper’s top receiving target.

“He’s grown leaps and bounds as a person and an athlete,” Bryant said. “As most freshmen are, when they come in, it takes a year to get that middle school mentality out of them. He was a little mischievous, like most of us were at that age, and he’s grown up into a great kid.”

Bowman played a hybrid running back on Havelock’s JV team, prior to getting moved for the varsity squad’s second-round playoff game against West Carteret. Bowman scored in Havelock’s 64-7 win over Cleveland in the eastern finals.

“We knew that, coming in as a freshman, that he was a tremendous athlete,” Bryant said. “He has as much raw, natural ability as any athlete that I’ve coached. He is a big, physical kid. What we ask him to do is catch short routes, and he breaks tackles.”

Bowman, now a sophomore, is thriving in a much larger role. He has 21 receptions for 346 yards and four touchdowns for the season.



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