|BGSU football notebook: Falcons looks for better pass rush (10-1-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 01 October 2013 08:22|
With no interceptions and only nine sacks for the season, the Bowling Green State University defense is below the norm
A continuing problem has been the lack of a successful pass rush, even though the Falcons have won four times while making only five sacks. The other four Falcons’ sacks came in their only loss of the season at Indiana.
‘‘At times we get it (a pass rush), but it’s not as consistent as it needs to be,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘That has put a little bit more stress on our secondary.
‘‘I certainly believe we have capable players there,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘That’s clearly an area right now on our defense that we have to get better at.’’
It’s difficult to have an effective rush when the quarterback is using a three-step drop, Clawson explained, adding when it’s a five-step drop or a delayed play-action, that’s when the rush has to become disruptive.
Also, at times, the Falcons have been rushing only three linemen, while dropping eight defenders into pass coverage.
BG has not been able to make up for the loss of Chris Jones, the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year in 2012, who completed his eligibility and is now with the New England Patriots.
‘‘Collectively, we hoped we would close that void a little bit, and it hasn’t quite happened yet,’’ Clawson said about the loss of Jones.
ROLF: The initial evaluation on Saturday of Clay Rolf’s play in a 31-14 win over Akron, was positive from Clawson.
Clawson reaffirmed his opinion on Monday.
Rolf, a graduate of Eastwood High School, got significant playing time at left tackle after starter Jacob Bennett went down with an injury.
‘‘Clay played really well,’’ Clawson said, adding Rolf, 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, was good in pass protection. ‘‘The touchdown on the screen (pass) to Travis Greene, he really made the key block.
‘‘He stepped up for us when we needed him. That’s the key to having a good season — when somebody goes down, the next guy has got to be ready ... I couldn’t be prouder of him.’’
MAC: Greene is the MAC East offensive player of the week. He had 24 carries for 142 yards and added four catches for 71 yards in the win over Akron. Greene had both rushing and receiving touchdowns in the second half.
The game was Greene’s second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, and third of the season. It was also a career high in receiving yards for the converted wide receiver.
He is the third different Falcon to win the offensive award this season, and it’s the fourth time overall a Falcon has been honored offensively.
HOUSTON: BG’s William Houston has made the most of his opportunities this fall.
A freshman, Houston has carried the ball 28 times for 74 yards this fall.
However, the 6-0, 262 pounder, can find the end zone.
He scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 2-yard run in Saturday’s win.
HOT SEAT: UMass head coach Charley Molnar has come under fire from former UMass football players, who started a petition to get rid of Molnar.
The group cites the large number of players who left the program after the Minutemen went 1-11, and problems with some of the activities during winter conditioning.
A Boston Globe story said at the time of the practices, the drills Molnar implemented were within NCAA rules. In March 2012, the NCAA adjusted its interpretation so that conditioning activities outside of the playing season could not include contact-related drills or activities including wrestling, combative activities, blocking drills.
Meanwhile, backers of the UMass program have started their own petition in support of the program.
UMass moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision starting with the 2012 season.
Molnar is 1-15 at UMass, beating Akron last season.
TV: Saturday’s BG-UMass game is on BCSN and ESPN3.
TIME: The Bowling Green at Mississippi State game on Oct. 12 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
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