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Falcons' Jackson making an impact (11-08-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 08 November 2013 11:25
Heath Jackson
After knee injuries limited Heath Jackson to one game in 2012, and five games in 2011, the Bowling Green redshirt junior wasn't even in the wide receiver rotation for the Falcons this season.
However, due to injuries to other players, he got the opportunity to play, and he has taken full advantage of that opportunity.
In BG's last four games, Jackson has made 14 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.
The next opportunity for Jackson to make an impact comes Tuesday night when the Falcons host Ohio at 7:30.
''It was one tough break after another for Heath in terms of injuries,'' BG coach Dave Clawson said, adding it's difficult to come back from one knee injury, let alone two.
''To his credit, he never stopped working,'' Clawson continued. ''A lot of times, you're in your fourth year in the program, you've had a couple of injuries, and you're not playing - if there's a time to put up the white flag and say this isn't meant to happen, but he never took that bait.''
Jackson was a first-team All-Ohio performer at Ada High School, catching 116 passes as a senior. He was a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football award, given to the state's top player.
''When we recruited Heath, that was a big get for us,'' Clawson said. ''He was a player that we really wanted, and we had beat a lot of other schools in the conference to get him.''
Clawson said that Jackson can play every wide receiver position in BG's offense.
''The last two games, he's stepped up really big for us (11 receptions for 110 yards)'' Clawson said. ''We need for him to keep doing it.''
There's a time and a place for sentimental feelings.
SENIORS: Sixteen Falcon seniors will be playing their final home game against Ohio.
But Dave Clawson, BG's head coach, wants the seniors and the rest of the team to focus on winning a Mid-American Conference championship.
''You talk about last home game, and last road trip when you don't have anything else to play for,'' Clawson said. ''Those become sentimental moments. I'm sure before the game when the parents are out with the seniors, that will be emotional.
''Right now, we are playing for a championship, and that is the over-riding focus of what we are trying to do. The next step in that process is playing against Ohio, and playing well,'' Clawson continued.
The seniors are: fifth-year redshirts Alex Bayer, Patrick Brown, Jairus Campbell, Ronnie Goble, Jordan Hopgood, Shaun Joplin, Ted Ouellet, Matt Schilz, Brian Schmiedebusch, Paul Swan, and Cameron Truss; seniors Tyler Beck, Dominic Flewellyn, Aaron Foster, Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates, and David 'Chief' Kekuewa. Redshirt junior Tim Love will also be completing his career.
''We want the sentiment to be before a bowl game, not before a MAC East championship game in November,'' Clawson said.
''This senior class, I love these guys ... These guys prioritized football and made it important, when it wasn't necessarily the fashionable thing to do,'' Clawson added.
The fifth-year seniors were 2-10 and 5-7 in their first two years of eligibility before going 8-5 last season. BG is 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the MAC this fall.
''The overwhelming story is that this is a group that started their career 2-10, and they wanted to turn the program, make Bowling Green a winning program again, and have pride in Bowling Green football,'' Clawson said. ''They have done a tremendous job of doing that.
''They did not want to leave here without winning a MAC championship.''
RADIO: For the second quarter of Tuesday's game, the radio team of Dave Horger (play-by-play) Mark Miller (analyst), and Mike Blair (stats) will be reunited on the Falcon Sports Radio Network.
TV: The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Michael Reghi and Rocky Boiman called the action
NEXT: Bowling Green plays at Eastern Michigan on Nov. 23 with kickoff at 1 p.m.

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