2008 Bowling Green Falcons Football Preview
Bowling Green Falcons - Mid-American Conference (East)
BGSU 2007 Record: (8-5, 6-2 MAC)
2007 Bowl: GMAC Bowl vs. Tulsa (L 7-63)
Bowling Green's Head Coach: Gregg Brandon (38-24 at Bowling Green, 38-24 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Matt Campbell and Troy Rothenbuhler
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Ward
Returning Leaders for Bowling Green:
Other Key Returnees: DT Orlando Barrow, S Jahmal Brown, G Brandon Curtis, LB John Haneline, DT Jacob Hardwick, WR Jermiah Kelley, CB Kenny Lewis, WR Corey Partridge, CB Antonio Smith, G Shane Steffy
Key Losses: LB Loren Hargrove, OT Kevin Huelsman, C Kory Lichtensteiger, OT Drew Nystrom, DT Sean O’Drobinak
Even with a humiliating loss to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl, Bowling Green had a very successful season. The expectations heading into 2007 were very low, but Coach Gregg Brandon put together a fine season riding the momentum of the season opening overtime win in Minnesota. There will be plenty of opportunities for more big wins this season.
Bowling Green's 2008 Strengths:
Much of the success can be contributed to quarterback Tyler Sheehan, who threw for 3,264 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore. The offense averaged over 30 points and 400 yards per game. Making things slightly interesting is the addition of junior college transfer Andrew Beam, who certainly has enough talent to be starting for most teams in the MAC. With wide receiver Freddie Barnes, the Falcons will be airing it out often. Barnes, although often underappreciated, is one of the best receivers in the conference and is coming off a season where he caught 82 passes for 962 yards and nine touchdowns. Corey Partridge, Chris Wright and Jermiah Kelley are also quality receivers who were all starters last season. Having four starters returning in a talented secondary will be the strength of the defense.
Bowling Green's 2008 Weaknesses:
However, the rushing defense was atrocious at times. Nose guard Orlando Barrow was just a freshman last season and tackle Jacob Hardwick a sophomore. The Falcons hope a year of starting experience will go a long way in solidifying the middle of the line, but that will not be easy now that Sean O’Drobinak is out of eligibility. Erique Dozier and John Haneline are a decent duo of senior linebackers to build around, but there is not much proven depth behind them. Bowling Green will have to find some more options to stop the run or they will give up over 200 yards on the ground per game once again. And the offense has to replace three starters on the line, including center Kory Lichtensteiger.
The Bottom Line for the BGSU Falcons:
With the new look line on the offensive side of the ball, running back Anthony Turner might have to create his own holes for a little while. The Falcons will look to the air more often than not, but Turner is a decent back who rushed for 519 yards last season. Sophomore Willie Geter had a solid freshman campaign as his backup, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. If the ground game can improve, the passing attack will be impossible to stop.
2007 Team Stats for BGSU:
Rushing Offense: 123.62 (96th in nation, 12th in conference)
Passing Offense: 278.85 (24, 2)
Total Offense: 402.46 (53, 4)
Scoring Offense: 30.15 (46, 5)
Rushing Defense: 207.85 (109, 11)
Pass Defense: 216.62 (42, 3)
Total Defense: 424.46 (93, 9)
Scoring Defense: 32.08 (94, 11)
Turnover Margin: .00 (55, 7)
Sacks: 1.85 (73, 7)Sacks Allowed: 2.46 (83, 11)
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