|Schilz bonding with Falcon receivers (08-07-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 07:58|
There was some bonding, some sights to see, some pool time, and even some football thrown into the mix.
That's what happens when five college-age young men go to visit a friend and teammate who just happens to live in southern California.
Five members of the Bowling Green Falcons' receiving corps - Alex Bayer, Ryan Burbrink, Chris Gallon, Herve Colby, and Diontre Delk - went to quarterback Matt Schilz's home in Arcadia, Calif., which is located less than 15 minutes northwest of downtown Los Angeles, over the summer.
Bayer and Schilz met when they both made their official visit to Bowling Green and have been roommates ever since.
''We've been talking about this forever,'' Schilz said about Bayer making the trip. ''I wanted to do it at least once.
''At the beginning of the year, I thought it would be a good thing to take the receivers back (home) and it would be a fun thing.''
Bayer said that with he and Schilz beginning their final year, it was the last chance to make the trip happen.
''Fortunately, we were able to bring a couple of other guys out there,'' Bayer said. 'It was my first time out there. I think it was for the rest of the guys so it was a fun trip.
''It wasn't anything real serious. It was more relaxation. He has a pool and we were able to go out and see some of the sights,'' Bayer added.
The group bonding may prove to be beneficial for the Falcons.
''Knowing them better always helps,'' Schilz said. ''Even though you know what they are going to do for their next move, you get that good chemistry and you build on that everyday you hang out with them.
''You want to have a relationship where you are friends, but you can get on each other.''
Among the sights that were seen was a trip to Hollywood.
''I love it, it was great out there. LA was nice,'' Burbrink said. ''He (Schilz) took real good care of us. We were on the diving board, in the hot tub, playing ping pong and doing some fun stuff.''
There was also some time for football, although the number of workouts varies as to who you ask.
Schilz said the group worked out with a private quarterback coach who has helped him in the past.
''We got a lot of work done, which was a good thing,'' Schilz said.
Bayer and Burbrink said the group worked out a few times.
''We did it two times, but it was for a long period of time,'' Burbrink said. ''We were out there working on foot drills and then we got with Schilz and worked on our routes and our timing ... trying to get ready for the season.''
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