Flewellyn is total package for Falcons (10-11-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 11 October 2013 07:39
Dave Clawson summed it up pretty well — ‘‘Dom is smart and he knows it.’’
Clawson, the head football coach at Bowling Green State University, was talking about senior Dominic Flewellyn, who will be making his 40th start at left guard and 43rd career appearance against Mississippi State Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:37 p.m.
Flewellyn is the complete package — on the field, in the locker room, in the classroom, and as a guy who’s not afraid to throw a zinger or two at a teammate.
‘‘I haven’t seen every guard in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) this year, but I have a hard time imagining there is somebody playing better than Dom is right now,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘He is an outstanding player. He’s very strong; he’s a good run blocker. Off the field, he is a great leader.
‘‘He does everything that we ask our football players to do.’’
On the field, Flewellyn basically runs the offensive line.
‘‘He knows more about this offense than anyone on our team right now,’’ said David ‘Chief’ Kekuewa, BG’s center who lines up next to Flewellyn on every offensive play.
Flewellyn said it’s the mental part of the game which makes him a good player.
‘‘I pick up on things pretty fast. If I see a movement (by the defense), I’m quick to call it out,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘I just like to play smart, using my head rather than my body.’’
During his career, Flewellyn has been a mentor to players on both sides of him. In addition to helping Kekuewa, he’s mentored new left tackles in each of the last two season.
‘‘He wants to win, and he knows for us to win everybody has to be together (on the line),’’ Kekuewa said.
This year redshirt freshman Jacob Bennett is the left tackle learning from Flewellyn.
‘‘I don’t think Jacob would be playing at the level he’s been playing if it wasn’t for Dom,’’ Clawson said.
Flewellyn had to be a quick learner as he was in the starting lineup as a true freshman after an injury to a teammate.
‘‘Everybody, when you’re a freshman want to come in and play right away,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘The statistics say you’re not going to play right away.
‘‘I was just fortunate to play. I practiced and prepared like I was going to play.’’
A third-team all-conference pick last season, and a two-time team captain, Flewellyn said it’s a little bit of luck to avoid injuries and ‘‘moving your feet out of piles ... I’ve been fortunate, and I’ve been blessed to be healthy,’’ in putting together the long string of appearances for the Falcons.
And while it’s a lot of dirty work for Flewellyn and his teammates on the line, long drives by the offense, which result in touchdowns, can be fulfilling.
‘‘I want to see my running backs get over 200 yards,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘I just prefer us running the ball. I know it’s secure with ‘Trav’ (Travis Greene), and we’re a good running team.’’
In the classroom, Flewellyn is in the College of Business and he is looking for career in finance after graduating in May, if he doesn’t get an opportunity in the National Football League.
‘‘He’s an excellent student in our business program here, which is not an easy program,’’ Clawson said. Flewellyn was an all-conference academic selection last season.
When asked about Flewellyn’s sense of humor, Kekuewa got a big smile on his face and said: ‘‘He has a pretty good sense of humor when he wants to. He’s mostly quiet; he’s a soft-spoken guy, but he’s a very lovable guy, and he really cares for this team.’’
Flewellyn said no one is exempt from his verbal jabs.
Last Saturday, Flewellyn told Greene — ‘‘If you were faster, you’d score a lot more.’’
And after fellow senior Tyler Beck caught a touchdown pass — ‘“Tyler Beck didn’t get tackled on the 1, which is good — every year he gets tackled two or three times on the 1.’’
‘I’m just witty. I don’t try to be funny. Sometimes I throw a joke in there just to show you a little bit of my personality,’’ Flewellyn said, adding that he’s an analytical person and he doesn’t know where the jokes are coming from, except that he’s been watching a lot of TV.

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