Falcon football noter: High school teammate takes over for Samuel (8-27-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 06:20
For the third straight season, the starting running back for the Bowling Green State University Falcons is from Monsignor Edwards Pace High School in Opa Locka, Fla.
In 2011 and 2012 it was Anthon Samuel who was BG’s starter. He earned Mid-American Conference freshman of the year honors in 2011.
However, Samuel left the Falcons to return to Florida to be closer to his wife and child. He is currently enrolled at Florida International University.
Now it’s Travis Greene’s turn to start Thursday when the Falcons host Tulsa. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
He and Samuel came to Bowling Green in the same recruiting class, but Greene has been a wide receiver who saw limited playing time.
With Samuel leaving and the Falcons thin at running back due to injuries, Greene was moved there in the spring.
With his showing during spring drills and in fall camp, Greene, the least experienced of the returning tailbacks, earned the starting job.
‘‘He has great balance. I think he has really good vision,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said about the redshirt sophomore. ‘‘He makes vertical cuts; he doesn’t dance in the backfield.
‘‘For a little guy, he has a lot of toughness,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘He’s a guy, if he sees a seam, he’ll get his shoulders square with a low pad level, and he’ll hit it.
With his speed, Greene, 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, has the ability to break the big play.
‘‘We did not have a lot of explosive plays last year,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We didn’t score easy points. All of our drives were four-yards, five-yards (plays). It’s tough to score a lot of points if you don’t make big plays.
‘‘The one thing that Travis did consistently in camp, he made people miss,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘He can burst through a hole. I’m hoping he’ll make people miss at the second and third level and get explosive plays.’’
SCHEDULE: Clawson said the Falcons face a challenging early schedule.
Bowling Green plays three of its four non-conference games in the first four games of the season.
In addition to Thursday’s opener, the Falcons play at Indiana on Sept. 14 and host Murray State on Sept. 21. The fourth nonleague game is Oct. 12 at Mississippi State.
In between the Tulsa and Indiana games, Bowling Green plays its Mid-American Conference opener at Kent State on Sept. 7. The Golden Flashes are the defending MAC East champions.
‘‘We play some good teams this year, but our players like that,’’ Clawson said.
An ideal nonleague schedule for a MAC team has three components, Clawson said.
‘‘We play one game a year that we go anywhere in the country and play a Top 10, Top 15 team and they pay us a lot of money,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘That’s the reality of this league.
‘‘Then you play two other games that if you’re good, you win and if they’re good and you don’t play well, they win,’’ he continued. ‘‘And then one game that’s a buy game for us.’’
Mississippi State fits the criteria as a possible money-making game. Tulsa and Indiana are the games to see how good you are, and Murray State gets its payday from the Falcons.
‘‘The teams that we’ve had that are good, that can handle that mentally, we’re better for it in the MAC schedule,’’ Clawson said about playing top-flight opponents.
Indiana is a two-for-one game with the Hoosiers scheduled to play at Bowling Green on Sept. 13, 2014, BG is scheduled again at Indiana in 2017.
The Tulsa game is part of a home-and-home series, with BG having played at Tulsa in 2010.
ROSTER: Quarterback Patrick Brown and defensive tackle Solomon Carnes have been added to BG’s roster.
A fifth-year senior, Brown has been a squad member in recent years.
A freshman, Carnes, 6-feet-2, 238 pounds, played at Piqua High School.
Also freshman Monti Phillips has been moved from running back to rover (outside linebacker) on defense.
RECRUITS: Three of BG’s 2013 recruiting class are not on the roster.
Mike Rogers, a wide receiver from Fort Wayne, Ind., is not enrolled at BGSU and will be attending a junior college.
Brandon English, a running back from Orlando, Fla., is a greyshirt and is expected to enroll at BGSU in January.
Shannon Smith, a defensive tackle from Chicago, is enrolled at Bowling Green, but is not practicing with the team.
In addition, Terrell Jackson, a defensive lineman from Columbus, is rehabilitating a knee injury. He is a transfer from Pittsburgh.
TV: Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPNU.
Joe Davis (play-by-play) and David Diaz-Infante (analyst) will call the action.
NEXT: Bowling Green opens MAC play next Saturday at Kent State with kickoff at noon.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:50

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