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(updated 6:30 p.m.) Falcons end football practice with Ay Ziggy Zoom Bowl (12-15-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 18:44
File. BG's Travis Greene (13) scores a touchdown during the Mid-American Conference championship game against Northern Illinois this month at Detroit's Ford Field. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Adam Scheier threw in a wrinkle to end Sunday’s practice by the Bowling Green Falcon football team.
The Falcons practiced Saturday and Sunday at Perry Field House, and the final session of Sunday’s practice featured the No. 3 offense against the No. 3 defense in a full-contact scrimmage.
‘‘We finished with our first-ever annual ‘Ay Ziggy Zoom Bowl’ with the threes out there in a live scrimmage,’’ said Scheier, BG’s interim head coach.  ‘‘The ones and twos were on the side, half coaching them up, and half rooting them on. It was a good way to end practice.
‘‘It was a chance to reward them, a chance to shine in front of the ones and twos. It was a great opportunity for them,’’ Scheier added.
For most of the season, the third team players run the plays of the opponent for the Falcons’ offense, defense and special teams.
‘‘That’s the future of our program,’’ Scheier said about the third team players. ‘‘You have always got to develop those guys, You can’t wait until spring ball to develop your threes. They are getting developed with their Red Dawn lifts that they do on Friday mornings. They are getting developed as scout players by going against the ones and the twos; that makes them better.
‘‘Any opportunity you have to get them in the limelight, and give them a chance to perform certainly adds to their development.’’
Scheier said the two weekend sessions went well as Bowling Green is getting ready to face Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Dec. 26. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Detroit’s Ford Field.
‘‘It was great to get back out on the football field,’’ Scheier said. ‘‘It was very little prep (for Pitt) at this point. It was just getting back in the swing of running our base offense, our base defense, and mixing in some special teams.
‘‘What I was pleased with and what was really the expectation of the staff, was that these guys won’t change a bit in terms of their practice habits, the way they got after it, their enthusiasm, their energy, and that was evident the last two days.’’
It’s final exam week at Bowling Green this week. In addition to academics, the Falcons will be doing preparation for Pittsburgh in the film room. The next full practice is scheduled for Friday.
ARNOLD: Pitt’s Aaron Donald won four major defensive awards within the last week, including the Outland Trophy.
‘‘He did earn everything on the field,’’ Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said about Donald. ‘‘He made a ton of plays, and he made big plays in big moments. His statistics ... were at significant moments.
‘‘It was a fun thing to see,’’ he added.
BOWL FACTS: This is the 17th year for a bowl game in Detroit. It started in 1997 as the Motor City Bowl. In 2009, Little Caesars Pizza became the title sponsor.
When the bowl started Lloyd Carr, the former Michigan head coach and now a member of the board of directors for the bowl said: ‘‘It’s never going to make it with the weather here.’’
The MAC is 7-9 in the bowl game, including Bowling Green’s 28-24 win over Northwestern in 2003.
The game has averaged 45,000 fans since moving to Ford Field in 2002 from the Pontiac Silverdome.
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is expected to be replaced next year by a game sponsored by the Detroit Lions featuring teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten.
TV: The bowl game will be televised on ESPN with Dave Lamont (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (color) and Niki Noto (sideline reporter).
2014: Bowling Green is scheduled to open the 2014 season with four straight non-conference games.
The Falcons play at Western Kentucky on Thursday, Aug. 28 and then have home games with Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 6 and Indiana on Sept. 13. The fourth game is at Wisconsin on Sept. 20.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 12:24

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