Preview 2018: Bowling Green Falcons. Is The Rebuild Done?

Preview 2018: Bowling Green Falcons. Is The Rebuild Done?

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Preview 2018: Bowling Green Falcons. Is The Rebuild Done?

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Best Bowling Green Offensive Player

QB Jarret Doege, Soph.
With James Morgan transferring to FIU, it’s Doege’s team now and he has to take over the offense and make it rock. The 6-3, 191-pounder stepped in as a true freshman and hit 64% of his passes for 1,381 yards and 12 scores with three picks. He’s not going to run much, but he’ll get on the move just enough to not be stuck in the mud.

Over the last four games last season, he went off with 11 touchdown passes and just two picks. The Falcons lost three of them – the defense didn’t show up, but Doege is a factor to work around.

2. WR Scott Miller, Sr.
3. PK Jake Suder, Sr.
4. RB Andrew Clair, Soph.
5. C Caleb Bright, Soph.

Best Bowling Green Defensive Player

S Fred Garth, Sr.
Tall, rangy and tough, the 6-4, 190-pounder led the team with 95 tackles with a pick and a tackle for loss. Always around the ball – especially when the defensive front isn’t coming up with stops – he hit double-digit tackles four times, with 13 against a Toledo running game that went wild. He’ll combine with Marcus Milton to give the Falcons a solid safety tandem, but it would be nice if they could do more when the ball is in the air.

2. DE David Konowalski, Sr.
3. S Marcus Milton, Sr.
4. LB Brandon Harris, Sr.
5. LB Armani Posey, Soph.

Key Player To A Successful Season

P Grant Tinnerman, Soph. and/or Matt Naranjo, Soph. 
Yeah, there are bigger holes to fill, but the punting game needs to be great as is tries to replace the irreplaceable.

It was one of the few big positives for the 2017 Falcon season – the punting game was fourth in the nation. Joe Davidson was one of the nation’s best, averaging 44 yards per kick putting 28 inside the 20. Amazing over the last four years, he bailed out the team time and again – and allowed the defense to give up a whole lot of yards.

Key Game To The Bowling Green Season

at Toledo, Oct. 6
The defending MAC champs are in a total rebuilding mode, and the Falcons are loaded with veterans – is it possible to turn the tables around in any way after last year’s disaster?

The Rockets ran and ran and ran some more on the BGSU D in a 66-37 win. This year, it might be a make-or-break moment for the Falcons.

With Western Michigan and a trip to Ohio ahead, lose this, and with Oregon, Maryland and Georgia Tech already in the books, and the Falcons will probably have six losses by mid-October. The last win over Toledo? 2009.

2017 Bowling Green Fun Stats

– Rushing Yards: Opponents 3,039 – Bowling Green 1,820
– Sacks: Opponents 29 for 207 yards – Bowling Green 15 for 88 yards
– Red Zone TDs: Opponents 39-of-55 (71%) – Bowling Green 22-of-42 (52%)

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