"I was about 425 [pounds] when I caught the touchdown," he said. "I was 425 butt naked. With all the pads and stuff, probably about 440."
Late in the third quarter of Baylor's New Year's Day matchup with Michigan State, McGowan lined up at tight end and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass, rumbling the final 12 yards to the end zone. After initially misidentifying McGowan, television announcers described him as 6'7", 390 pounds. He is currently listed at 410 pounds on the Bears' website.
McGowan said he watches a replay of his touchdown "almost every day" and apparently has more in store: the former offensive lineman caught a long pass during Baylor's Friday Night Lights scrimmage and is now listed as a tight end on Baylor's official roster.
And coach Art Briles makes no attempt to conceal his plan for this season to unleash the player he's nicknamed "The Annihilator."
"I don't have to worry about what I say about him, because no one else has got anybody like him," said Briles. "He's the most unique football player in the United States with his combination of size and athletic skill.
"He's going to be a dominant player. Not just a guy who jogs out on the field and does his job. He's going to be dominant in what we ask him to do."
- Alex Putterman