Flewellyn playing well at right guard for Falcons (12-19-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 21:46
BG’s Dominic Flewellyn (52) makes the block (Photo from BGSU Athletic Communications)
Every athlete wants to start no matter what the level of competition.
In college football, freshman starters are rare and even more rare is an offensive linemen who earns a starting spot.
Dominic Flewellyn is one player who broke the mold, playing in 11 games, with eight starts, at left guard for Bowling Green in 2010.
Now the 6-foot-3, 293 pound junior, will be making his 33rd start for the Falcons against San Jose State in the Military Bowl next Thursday. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. in RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
‘‘I always wanted to start. I came here with the attitude that I am a starter, planning to beat someone out for a spot,’’ Flewellyn said. “Fortunately I was able to step in early and start eight games and play in more. I never really thought I would (start), but it worked out for me.
‘‘As a freshman I just came here aggressive,’’ Flewellyn continued. “I didn’t have the perfect technique. But now I have learned the nuances of reading defenses, see where blitzes are coming, reading (defensive) stances and stuff like that and just progressing and that’s helped me become a better football player.’’
In his senior year at Maple Heights (Ohio) High School, Flewellyn was a first-team All-Ohio selection and was picked to play in the North-South Classic All-Star game.
BG head coach Dave Clawson said Flewellyn had the maturity, strength, and the ability to play with leverage as a freshman and those factors helped him earn the starting spot.
Flewellyn has also earned the respect of his teammates, being voted a team captain this season.
‘‘I had a vibe that people were going to vote for me I was just honored that anybody would think I could be a captain. I am just grateful,’’ Flewellyn said.
“To be elected a captain as a true junior is almost unheard of,’’ Clawson said.
With his experience, Flewellyn was able to guide redshirt freshman left tackle Fahn Cooper and center David ‘Chief’ Kekuewa this fall. Both are in their first year as starters for the Falcons.
“He has really been a steady, stabilizing force in our offensive line,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘The year that David Kekuewa had and the year that Fahn Cooper had is directly because Dominic plays in the middle of those two.’’
Flewellyn was a third-team all-conference pick this season.
With right guard Alex Huettel and right tackle Jordon Roussos rounding out the starters, the Falcons’ offensive line has been productive this season.
‘‘We say we are all five,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘You know what the person next to you is going to do. You know how they are operating.
“We were able to bond as the year went on. We were able to become a good unit and hopefully we can take that to the game against San Jose.’’
When asked if he preferred run blocking or pass blocking Flewellyn said: “I’m an offensive lineman, I love to run block.’’
Due in part to the steady line play, Falcons have improved their running game this season.
Bowling Green averaged 122.9 yards rushing per game and scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 2011.
This season the Falcons have been able to protect leads late in game by running the ball in contrast to 2011 when the team was attempting to rally from a deficit and needed to pass the ball.
Bowling Green is averaging 157.4 yards per game on the ground and has 17 rushing touchdowns.
“We’ve been pleading for that all year ... to run the ball,’’ Flewellyn said. “When they gave us our chance we were able to make it happen, so we’re going to keep doing it. That’s what we love to do.’’
The Falcons were 2-10 in Flewellyn’s first year and improved to 5-7 last season before going 8-4 this fall to earn the bowl bid.
‘‘We are privileged enough to get a bowl bid,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘It’s my first bowl game so I am excited. But we also know we’re going down there to do business.
‘‘We’re going to have fun and we going down there to do business and complete the season. We always say close the deal and this is an opportunity to close the deal.’’
In the classroom Flewellyn is working on a double major of finance and accounting.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:02

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