BGSU football holds player draft for spring game (4-11-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:38
The player draft for Friday’s spring football game at Bowling Green State University went quickly Thursday morning as Paul Swan and Dominic Flewellyn made the selections.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
‘‘To the guys who are the captains and have to pick the teams it comes down to do you want to be liked or do you want to be respected,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘They have to get in front of their teammates and pick who they want on their team and that’s not easy to do. You are hoping they are picking teams because they want to win.
‘‘There’s no type of pressure like peer pressure,’’ Clawson added.
‘‘It’s always fun. You don’t get the chance to be the CEO or something like that in the draft room. It was good to get involved. I felt like I accomplished something,’’ Flewellyn said.
When a player was drafted, the backup at his position went to the other team. And the teams alternated drafting an offensive player in a round and then a defensive player in the next round.
A linebacker, Swan won the coin toss and took center David ‘Chief’ Kekuewa with his first pick and linebacker D.J. Lynch with his second pick.
‘‘‘Chief’ is solidified center on the team and it’s good to build up the O-line first. It all starts in the trenches, so you have to start with the man in the middle,’’ Swan said. ‘‘He’s a good leader out there and he’s going to be a solid pick.’’
An offensive guard, Flewellyn used his first pick on defensive lineman Zach Colvin. Offensive guard Alex Huettel was the second pick.
‘‘I block the guy (Colvin) every day. He works hard; he doesn’t stop on any play,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘I had to pick him for my squad. We were looking to get good from the inside-out.’’
‘‘I did some homework, a little bit, watched some film,’’ Flewellyn added with a smile.
Swan also had the first pick of jerseys and selected white.
‘‘I like the white jerseys a lot better than the orange; it looks a little better,’’ Swan said.
Flewellyn’s team is wearing orange uniforms.
‘‘It’s a little fattening,’’ Flewellyn, who is 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds, joked about the orange uniforms.
‘‘I don’t have any problem with the orange either and you get the good locker room,’’ Flewellyn added.
Due to 11 players sidelined with injuries and scarcity of players at different positions, several Falcons will be on both teams.
Quarterbacks James Knapke and Patrick Brown will play for both teams as well as tight end Clay Rolf, an Eastwood High School graduate, running back Jordan Hopgood, and punter Brian Schmiedebusch.
‘‘We are going to give him every third for fourth series with both teams,’’ Clawson said about Knapke.
In addition to his play at tight end, Rolf is the long snapper for the white team.
Quarterbacks Matt Schilz and Matt Johnson were late round picks with Schilz landing on the white team.
For the game, there will be traditional timing in the first half and basically a running clock in the second half.
Dick Edwards, Bowling Green’s mayor, and Rodney Rogers, the senior vice president and provost at BGSU, are the guest head coaches for the game.
There is food on the line in the game, as well as bragging rights.
‘‘It’s going to be real competitive. Having the draft really makes it competitive and makes it more fun. Guys want to have bragging rights for the rest of the season,’’ Swan said.
There are different meal options for the winners and the losers.
‘‘The winning team, we have a little bit more of a budget for their meal than the losing team,’’ Clawson said.
There is no admission charge for the game and concession stands will be open.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:43

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