Samuel is back from broken wrist (8-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:01
BG's Jamel Martin (37) forces his way past Johnny Joseph (25). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Anthon Samuel has bounced back from a broken wrist suffered in March and is working to establish himself as Bowling Green’s No. 1 tailback for the second straight year.
Samuel made an immediate impact in 2011, setting a BG record for a freshman with 844 rushing yards, despite playing in only nine games. He also scored five touchdowns. He was the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year.
“I feel my strength is coming back slowly and we’ll see what happens,” said Samuel, adding he still has a couple more rehabilitation sessions scheduled. “I had a long time to recover and I’m good now.”
The Falcons have more depth at running back with Samuel, Jordan Hopgood, John Pettigrew and Jamel Martin returning this season and Andre Givens gaining his eligibility. Hopgood and Givens were held out of Saturday’s scrimmage due to injuries.
“The competition is very stiff, but it just makes me work harder,” Samuel said. “Everybody is bringing it every day. When they bring it, I have to bring it 10 times harder if I want to keep my spot. You can’t get too comfortable.”
BG head coach Dave Clawson was pleased with the way the Falcons were able to run the ball Saturday.
“Our offensive line looked really good and we ran the ball well,” Clawson said. “Those guys (the offensive line) really came out tonight with a focus. They played well as a unit. Their communication was excellent. That’s probably as well as we’ve run the ball against our defense. That was a very encouraging sign.
BG quarterback Matt Schilz (7) throws the ball downfield.
“Our offense had a good day, it could have been a great day,” Clawson added. “Take away the one turnover and take away some of the drives that I thought they self-destructed. We had some good drives we got out of with receivers missing signals or the offensive line jumping.”
With the offensive success for the majority of practice, the defense had a negative day.
“For the first 80 percent of practice, I really didn’t think our defense stopped our offense,” Clawson said. “We didn’t tackle real well and we didn’t generate turnovers.
“They (the defense) had a little bit of a comeback late. They had three three-and-outs and they played at the level I thought they were capable of,” he continued. “But overall I thought the offense got the better of the defense.”
Matt Schilz, who is BG’s top quarterback, said there’s plenty of things to work on over the next three weeks before the season open at Florida on Sept. 1.
“There were a lot of mistakes that we need to get corrected,” Schilz said of BG’s offense. “We just need to get on the same page with the receivers and less penalties.
“It’s early in camp so you have a bunch of guys getting in there, split between the ones and twos, so you don’t have those starters set yet,” Schilz added. “That’s a little difficult. You look over and you have a new guy in there and you have got to make plays with him. I feel like we’re getting that chemistry down and we’re going to get there.”
BG's Shaun Joplin stuggles with defensive back Johnny Joseph (25).
Schilz was also pleased with the play of the offensive line: “I thought the (offensive) line played better than they ever have.”
Among the highlights from Saturday’s scrimmage were: a 97-yard kickoff return by Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates; a 6-yard touchdown reception by Clay Rolf, from Eastwood High School, on a pass from Schilz; a 34-yard scoring pass from Matt Johnson to Shaun Joplin; two successful field goals by Tyler Tate; a 3-yard TD pass from freshman James Knapke to junior college transfer Jared Cohen; and a 29-yard interception return by freshman Will Watson on a pass from Malik Stokes on the final play of the scrimmage.
NOTES: Clark Lea, in his first season at BG’s linebackers coach, is the father of a baby boy born late last week. Lea was back on the sidelines for Saturday’s scrimmage after his wife and child returned home on Friday ... Erick Hallmon, a freshman linebacker from Tampa, Fla. has left the team and returned home ... The Falcons scrimmage again  Saturday at 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 August 2012 10:18

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