|Roussos, Ouellet tops picks in draft for BGSU spring football game (4-12-12)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:15|
The player draft for the teams was held Wednesday morning. The game is Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
“I was very surprised on how fast offensive linemen were going,” said Jordon Roussos, an offensive guard. “I guess that just tells you how important the position is that we play and up front is the hardest thing to play and the most coveted position in terms of players.”
Quarterback Matt Schilz and defensive tackle Chris Jones were selected by the coaching staff to be the team captains. Schilz is with the Orange team and Jones leads the White team.
For the first part of the draft, the teams rotated between picking offensive and defensive players.
There was also a caveat at some positions that if a player was selected, the other team automatically got his backup. For example, with Schilz on the Orange team Matt Johnson is with the White. And with Jones on the White team, Jairus Campbell is with the Orange.
“The only thing I was worried about was people not having played together, but the way they did it was perfect ... It’s a good set-up,” Roussos said.
Jones had the first overall pick and he took Roussos, who just happens to be his roommate.
Jones then took linebacker Dwayne Woods Jr. with his second pick and Schilz selected left offensive tackle Fahn Cooper. In the third round Ryland Ward went to the Orange squad and Dominic Flewellyn joined the White team.
Ouellet was surprised to be a top choice.
“I thought it would be a skilled guy. It’s not very often that linemen get to go first, but this draft was a little bit different,” Ouellet said. “We tried to get all the offensive linemen we didn’t want to go against picked on our team. We wanted to try to make it easy on ourselves.
“It’s the first time we’ve gotten a chance to do a spring game like this. It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a while,” Ouellet added.
Roussos and Jones will both be seniors next season and they played together on the defensive line as freshman. Roussos was moved to the offensive line early in the 2010 season.
“It’s nice being with my boy Chris; I’m really excited,” Roussos said. “Chris and I, we made an immediate connection ... we have become very close.
“Chris and Matt were both smart in their draft picks.”
With Roussos playing right guard this season, he goes against Jones in practice.
“I’m glad to be in the position that I am now because if you want to be the best you have to go against the best,” Roussos said about facing Jones, a first-team all-conference pick last season.
In addition to bragging rights for the winning team, there is a food incentive for the spring game.
BG head coach Dave Clawson said the winning team would get a ‘‘nice meal’’ and the losing team would be limited to two $1 cheeseburgers off a fast food menu.
“That’s a pretty big incentive. That’s a pretty big deal; I’m not a big fast food person,” Ouellet said. “I want the food; I want the big meal.”
On the other team, Roussos said although he’s not a picky eater, the incentive of bragging rights while one team is eating a big meal and the other is having cheeseburgers is important.
CLOCK: Standard scoring and clock rules will be in place for the first half. There will be a running clock the final 30 minutes.
PARKING: There is a plethora of events Friday at Bowling Green and traffic flow could be an issue. Parking for the spring game will be in Lot 20, Lot 13 or Lot L.
COACHES: Jack Carle, from the Sentinel-Tribune, and John Wagner, from The Blade, are the honorary coaches for the game. Carle is with the White team and Wagner is with the Orange.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 09:24|
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