Clawson generally pleased with first scrimmage (8-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 12 August 2013 05:39
BGSU's Matt Robinson (right) attempts to tackle teammate Marcus Levy as he crosses into the end zone Sunday evening during the scrimmage at Perry Stadium. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
While the starting quarterback job was not resolved in Sunday’s scrimmage, several other players made their bids for starting positions as the Bowling Green State University football team ran approximately 130 plays.
Fifth-year senior Matt Schilz and redshirt sophomore Matt Johnson are battling for the starting quarterback spot. Schilz ran the first series of the scrimmage.
‘‘(There) were some inconstancies. Both of them made good plays and both of them missed opportunities,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
Schilz and Johnson each had five of the 15 series which were run. James Knapke got four series and freshman Austin Valdez had one.
Clawson said he would know more after watching the film.
‘‘At times you have to see if they had the opportunity to make the play,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘They both ran the offense well, we just didn’t make enough plays.’’
Aaron Foster was the MVP of the scrimmage, according to Clawson. A senior, Foster is making the move to cornerback this season.
‘‘He had the pick six in the red zone and then the offense went after him twice with Chris Gallon on a fade and a slant and both times he stepped up and made really big-time plays,’’ Clawson said about Foster. ‘‘He’s a hard worker and it’s great to see guys who work so hard have success, and he had a great night.’’
‘‘It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’ve been feeling kind of pressed in this camp, batting for a starting position,’’ Foster said about Clawson calling him the MVP. ‘‘I know I still have to come back stronger.’’
Foster made an interception, only to have the play wiped out on a defensive penalty.
On the very next play, Foster intercepted a Schilz pass and returned it 78 yards for a TD
‘‘The receiver ran some type of in route and I was playing on the outside of him. I guess the quarterback didn’t see me and throw it towards the outside,’’ Foster said. ‘‘I grabbed it and just started running.
‘‘I was glad everybody was tight on the field, because I was exhausted on that return.’’
Foster said the transition from safety to corner has been relatively easy as he already knows the defensive calls.
‘‘I’ve done some good things in practice, but it’s good to see something in a game situation and see myself doing some great things,’’ Foster said.
Other scoring plays included a 6-yard pass from Schilz to Jermal Hosley; a 16-yard run by freshman Marcus Levy; and two scoring passes from Knapke, a 65-yard effort to a wide-open Gehrig Dieter and a 12-yard pass to freshman Fred Coppet. Tyler Tate kicked field goals of 23, 30 and 38-yards and had a 48-yard effort blocked.
Also Coppet made a nice run of 32-yards and safety Josh Pettus had an interception.
‘‘With any intersquad scrimmage there were some good things that we can build on and some things that we need to get cleaned up,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson was impressed with the play of the offensive line, which is working in new players at both tackle spots.
‘‘We have a very good defensive front here; we have a lot of good players back from a good group a year ago, and our offensive line more than held its own until the two-minute period,’’ Clawson said.
Jacob Bennett, 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, and Logan Dietz, 6-5, 292, were the starting tackles. Both are redshirt freshmen.
‘‘Jacob Bennett had a good night and Logan Dietz has really made nice progress, he’s going to be a good player for us,’’ Clawson said.
Dominic Flewellyn, the veteran of the offensive linemen, has been pleased with the development of the line this month.
‘‘We are coming along. We have some new people we are trying to work in. Everybody is just trying to get the plays down,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘Tonight we played pretty well, but we could have done better, finishing in the red zone a couple of times.
‘‘Both the them have come a long way since last year,’’ Flewellyn added about Bennett and Dietz. ‘‘It’s been a good transition; we don’t have to worry about them.’’
Clawson was pleased with the tackling by the linebackers and members of the secondary.
‘‘With what we have back at linebacker and in the secondary we expect to be good,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Those guys were good. We had a lot of ball disruptions; got our hands on a lot of throws.
‘‘I thought we tackled really well on the perimeter. There were very few missed tackles by the first defense and that was encouraging.’’
At running back, Andre Givens got the first call while Travis Greene and Jordan Hopgood also saw early playing time with the No. 1 offense.
Jamel Martin, Coppet and Levy ran plays with the second unit.
‘‘Marcus’s touchdown run was electrifying. He made two or three people miss in space and had a great spin move,’’ Clawson said.
NOTES: Offensive tackle Christian Piazza, defensive tackle Ted Ouellet, and punter Brian Schmiedebusch were held out of the scrimmage with injuries ...The Falcons final preseason scrimmage is next Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
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