|BG football still excited (11-19-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:44|
It's been over three months since the start of fall drills for the current college football season.
With practices, film work, team meetings, weight training, games and everything else that goes into playing the sport, sometimes if's difficult to have your team playing well in November.
With two regular-season games remaining this season, having an excited team is not a concern for Dave Clawson, the Bowling Green Falcons' head coach.
''A lot of that is still having something to play for. The second part of it is a reflection of our senior leadership,'' Clawson said. ''If the seniors are still excited to be playing football, and those guys are going out there every day forcing the rest of the team to do things as a team, and at a level that is required to play winning football, it makes your job as a coach much easier.
''We have a great senior class. These guys have been through a lot. They have stuck together; they are good players,'' he added. ''We are playing our best football of the year, in large part to them ... I really appreciate the level of play, and the level of practice that they are demanding from the rest of the football team.''
The Falcons, 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference, play at Eastern Michigan Saturday with kickoff at 1 p.m.
INDOORS: With the severe weather Sunday afternoon, the Falcons moved their practice to the Perry Field House. Due to other commitments for the facility, the Falcons didn't start practice until 8 p.m., ending just over two hours later.
SCHMIEDEBUSCH: BG's Brian Schmiedebusch is the MAC East special teams player of the week.
A fifth-year senior, Schmiedebusch punted four times and averaged 43.0 yards per punt in a 49-0 win over Ohio.
He downed two punts inside the Bobcats' 20-yard line. The only punt returned by Ohio went for minus-4 yards. His final two punts, which traveled a combined 97 yards, were unable to be returned.
For the season, Schmiedebusch has punted 33 times for 1,350 yards, an average of 40.9 yards per punt. Fourteen of his 33 punts have landed inside the 20-yard line.
''It's great to see seniors when they finish strong, and they play their best football at the end. Brian is another one of our seniors doing that,'' Clawson said.
BURBRINK: BG's Ryan Burbrink has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a Division I (FBS) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.
A redshirt sophomore, Burbrink is second on the team with 24 receptions for 357 yards and a touchdown. He has also returned a punt for a TD this fall.
FIRST DOWNS: When BG's Shaun Joplin makes a reception, it usually means the chains are being moved to spot the ball for a first down.
A total of 78 of Joplin's 101 career catches have gone for first downs - 77.2 percent.
So far this season, 32 of Joplin's 39 catches have resulted in a first down.
RED ZONE: In its seven victories, BG has scored on 33 of its 36 opportunities in the red zone. On the other three attempts, BG took a knee at the end of the game.
Defensively, BG is first in the country, allowing just 14 scores in 25 red zone trips. Of the 11 stops, four have come by virtue of missed field goals, three by recovered fumbles and four by fourth-down stops.
TV: Saturday's game will be streamed on ESPN3.
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