Goble enjoying final season with Falcons (9-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 20 September 2013 07:34
Ronnie Goble has been wreaking havoc on the football field for many years.
A fifth-year senior, he’s in his final season with the Bowling Green State University Falcons.
After football Goble plans to pick up people, rather than knock them down.
Goble is an exercise science major and following an internship in the upcoming spring semester, he will graduate.
He’s deciding on whether to be a physical therapist or a pastor. Goble is the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter at BGSU.
‘‘You know he’s going to be successful in whatever he chooses to do, and he’s going to do it the right way,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
A two-time captain, Goble is respected by his peers as well as the Falcons’ coaching staff.
‘‘He’s a guy who doesn’t start, and yet he’s been elected captain two years in a row,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘So much of what makes him special is all the intangibles. He’s just an outstanding leader. He’s a high character guy ... He’s very reliable, very dependable, and we’re fortunate to have him.
‘‘There is so much he brings to our football team outside of just being a defensive end and a good player.’’
Goble always has a ready smile and is at ease talking with anyone.
‘‘Ronnie is so approachable. He’ll spend an hour with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and have a great conversation, and he could spend an hour with a freshman who is away from home for the first time,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘There are no airs about him. He’s so down to Earth. He genuinely cares about people. It doesn’t matter if it’s the most important or the least important person in the room, Ronnie Goble has time for them.
‘‘I could talk for an hour about all the things that Ronnie Goble has done behind the scenes to help our football program. He’s just a great young man.’’
Being comfortable speaking in public was something that Goble learned early in life.
‘‘Growing up my grandpa always told me to never turn down an opportunity to speak in public because it just builds your character,’’ Goble said. ‘‘So I have been trying to take as many opportunities as I can to speak in public since I was a little kid. That might play into it.
‘‘I do a lot of speaking on Thursday nights at our FCA, and I’ve spoken at some schools,’’ he added.
Goble has gotten more playing time this season after Charlie Walker suffered a knee injury in the season-opener.
‘‘He’s a guy we have a lot of confidence in. He’s played a lot of football,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘If he has to play more snaps, we’re good with that.’’
Goble has started the last two games, and he has eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss, this season.
‘‘It’s awesome to get to play a little bit more and to get to play with my friends that I have been with here for five years,’’ Goble said.
He’s making the most of his final season along with fellow fifth-year seniors Jairus Campbell and Ted Ouellet on the defensive line.
‘‘It’s been a wild ride. We talk about it all the time, and about all of the work we have put it,’’ he said. ‘‘It was kind of a surreal offseason leading up to this — our last mat drills, our last spring practices, our last spring game, our last summer camp, and now our last season. It’s been pretty special.’’
Bowling Green hosts Murray State Saturday with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
The Falcons are looking to put a disappointing 42-10 loss to Indiana behind them.
‘‘Coach Clawson said a lot of good teams can have an early season loss and really build off of it,’’ Goble said. ‘‘After playing like we did against Indiana, we’re going to make the corrections and we’re going to be a better team for it.
‘‘We’re going to work extremely hard that we learned from the Indiana game and win the rest of them.’’
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 08:32

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