Laquan McGowan was the subject of a lot of talk around the end of college football bowl season in 2014. The tight end for the Baylor Bears exploded onto the scene in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State after rumbling down the field for a twenty-yard touchdown in the third quarter. You wouldn’t think much of a guy scoring a touchdown until you realize, “Oh crap, this guy is 400 pounds.”
Head coach Art Briles wanted that touchdown to come much earlier than it did last season, but unfortunately, things didn’t go the team’s way. Briles believes in McGowan, who was at one point tipping the scales at 440 pounds. He knows that McGowan can go out and make plays for the Bears and he wants to get him more involved this season.
SI.com did a story that focuses around McGowan, who is now down under 400 pounds at 392, and what his size and athleticism brings to the college football world. In that story, Briles says that he thinks McGowan started a revolution in college football. He believes that one day, there will be tons of “Laquan McGowans” all over the country.
“It’s like we’re living in 2035,” Briles says. “I think in 20 years there will be a lot of 400-pound football players. Some of them will be skill [players], but right now I know of only one.”
Now, this isn’t to say that Briles believes kids in America will just keep getting larger until there are only 400-pound guys. He believes that it will become more commonplace to have guys like McGowan that are athletic and can contribute to high-powered offenses like the Bears’.
The touchdown catch against the Spartans isn’t just a gimmick. Briles is planning on using McGowan periodically throughout the 2015 season. That is the main reason why McGowan has been working to lose weight this summer. Only time will tell if McGowan will be able to contribute as much as Briles hopes he will.
The Bears open the season on September 5 when they host SMU.
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