|Travel spots for BGSU opener at Florida up for grabs (8-22-12)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:09|
The battle goes on for a plane trip to Florida.
It’s not for a vacation, but for the opportunity to be a part of Bowling Green’s football travel team for its season-opener against the Florida Gators on Sept. 1.
Before the start of last Saturday’s scrimmage BG head football coach Dave Clawson asked the team: ‘‘Who wants to get on the plane to Florida?’’ in an attempt to get maximum effort from the players.
The travel squad for Mid-American Conference games is 66 players. For the nonconference games at Florida and Virginia Tech this season, BG’s travel squad can be larger and is only limited by the number of seats on the plane, Clawson said on Tuesday.
“We’ll probably bring somewhere around the mid-70s,” Clawson said about the Florida game.
For the two nonconference road games, coaches can use the extra spots for a reward for players who have worked hard during fall camp and also for every senior who has been in the program.
“It’s a little easier to put together this travel list than a conference game,” Clawson said.
The only players making the trip and not dressing for the game, would be anyone who is injured.
“From the scrimmage, there are some guys who definitely made the trip,’’ Clawson said.
One unexpected player packing for the plane ride is redshirt sophomore Victor Osborne, a walk-on safety, from Suncoast Community High School in West Palm Beach, Fla.
After watching the film of the scrimmage Clawson said: “He (Osborne) showed on special teams, three, four of five times. He probably wasn’t going to make the trip and now he is going to make the trip ... That’s buy-in right there. You are asking for maximum effort and for guys to sell out. His effort was just over and above.”
“There were four or five different reps (repetitions) on film that just stuck out, not only of giving us exceptional effort, but executing exactly the techniques that we have been coaching,” Clawson added. “When a guy like that sticks out over and over, he’s telling us that ‘I want to make this trip.’ If he keeps doing that, he’s earned that spot.”
During practices, one of the difficulties facing Clawson and his staff is replicating the environment in ‘The Swamp’ which is the nickname of Florida’s home field. The stadium has a seating capacity of 88,543 and has averaged over 90,000 fans per game in recent years.
“You’re trying to create a game atmosphere, you are trying to create a game tempo. You just can’t turn that on (on game day),” Clawson said. “There is nothing we can do here that’s going to give them any feeling how what it’s like ... in ‘The Swamp.’
“We have to create a sense of urgency and that’s a point that we have to get across.”
The practices today and Thursday will be devoted to cleaning up things from Saturday’s scrimmage. On Friday, the coaches will start putting in the game plan for Florida.
A breakdown of Falcons’ football with separate stories on the offense, defense, and special teams is included in the annual Football Edition which is an insert in today’s Sentinel-Tribune. The stories will also be posted at sent-trib.com.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:55|
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