|Gallon has strong scrimmage (8-18-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 18 August 2013 19:04|
Chris Gallon, the leading receiver from 2012, did not have a good first scrimmage for the Bowling Green State University football team.
Gallon rebounded with a strong effort Sunday in the Falcons’ second and final scrimmage of fall camp.
‘‘Chris Gallon made some tough catches and made some big plays,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘What I love is the response. Sometimes when you have a competition, if one guy has the edge the other guy will stop fighting and when that happens you are really scared.
‘‘Chris fought back in the next day of practice,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘I think he had a chip on his shoulder and felt he had to prove something, and he really had a great scrimmage for us. He’s got to do that every game.’’
Gallon had several big-time receptions in the scrimmage, including a 35-yard pass from Matt Schilz and a 27-yarder from Matt Johnson. Gallon also caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Johnson.
‘‘We all look to compete out here especially DB’s (defensive backs) and receivers,’’ Gallon said. ‘‘I figure I had to work really hard to get open and get my routes going and catch the ball today.
‘‘I felt better out here today than I did last week.’’
Gallon led the Falcons with 54 receptions for 720 yards and six touchdowns last season. He had 10 receptions for a Perry Stadium record 213 yards, and two touchdowns against Kent State.
‘‘Chris last year, kind of showed flashes,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘But there were games that he didn’t play at a high level and didn’t have an impact.
‘‘That position in our offense has to impact every game ... In that position in our offense, if he’s average, we’re going to struggle,’’ he added.
Gallon, 6-feet-4, 220 pounds, has benefitted from last year’s experience.
‘‘I’m more flexible, I’m faster, and the best thing is that I’m smarter on the field. I know I can read coverages better,’’ Gallon said. ‘‘Going into the first game against Florida last year, I wasn’t really comfortable because it was my first game and I was still young and I was still learning.
‘‘Going into my redshirt sophomore year, I feel a lot better,’’ Gallon said. ‘‘I’m more comfortable and more relaxed, and I can read coverages.’’
Gallon and Clawson both said that Gallon having to go against all-conference performer Cameron Truss in practice every day has made him better.
‘‘That’s been one of the great internal battles in camp, having Chris Gallon go against Cam Truss,’’ Clawson said.
Gallon has changed to No. 6 this season.
ROLF: Clay Rolf, a redshirt junior and a graduate of Eastwood High School, was moved from tight end to offensive tackle and Clawson is pleased with his progress.
‘‘Clay’s done really well; I’m really proud of him ... He’s played hard; he’s in the mix,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘He was kind of in a little bit of no man’s land as a tight end, just because of Alex Bayer and Tyler Beck.
‘‘When he had a little bit of attrition at the position (tackle) we moved him there and he has done a really nice job,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘He is really doing a great job in pass pro (protection).’’
Rolf, 6-6, 295, was at left tackle for most of fall camp, but with the return of Christian Piazza, Rolf was at right tackle on the No. 2 offense in Sunday’s scrimmage and Piazza was at left tackle.
‘‘Before the year is over, he’ll factor in there,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘He’s smart, he’s strong. He has got great size. He’s got long arms. That’s what you look for in an offensive tackle.’’
Rolf has also been the long snapper for field goal attempts.
HUNTER: Darrell Hunter, a junior cornerback, could be sidelined for the season. Hunter is battling a wrist injury.
‘‘I’m concerned. I’m not sure, when or if he’s going to be able to play this year,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Right now we’re not real optimistic.’’
With Hunter’s injury and DeVon McKoy transferring to Youngstown State, the Falcons have moved both redshirt sophomore Diontre Delk, from wide receiver, and junior Brian Sutton, from rover, to cornerback.
Truss and Aaron Foster are the top two cornerbacks and Will Watson also has experience there.
‘‘At corner, you always want a pair and a spare; you want two starters and a third guy who can roll and right now we still have that, but we got a little thinner behind it,’’ Clawson said.
HOUSTON: There has been no official word from the NCAA on the status of William Houston, a transfer from Ohio State.
A running back, Houston saw a good deal of action in Sunday’s scrimmage. The 6-0, 262, Houston scored on a pair of short runs.
‘‘Every indication is that he will be (eligible),’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Obviously we won’t have played him as much as we did today, if we didn’t believe that he was going to be eligible.
‘‘Hopefully we’ll find out relatively soon whether he’s eligible or not.’’
HELD OUT: Watson (hamstring), running back Jordan Hopgood (knee) and defensive back Victor Osborne were held out of the scrimmage.
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