Passing emphasized during BG scrimmage

(Updated 10:07 a.m. 8-17) During the preseason, Tyler Sheehan had a huge smile on his face when talking
about how Bowling Green was going to be throwing the ball on deeper routes this fall.
The senior quarterback was still smiling after the Falcons’ scrimmage Saturday when the main emphasis was
on passing as Sheehan and three other quarterback candidates threw the ball all over the field.
Unofficially, Sheehan was 18-of-33 for 286 yards and four scores and Aaron Pankratz was 12-of-18 for 166
yards and two touchdowns.
There’s plenty of competition at the wide receiver spots to catch those passes. Tyrone Pronty and Kamar
Jorden both looked especially good during the scrimmage.
Pronty scored on passes of 52 and 70 yards from Sheehan in the early going. Unofficially, Pronty finished
with four catches for a team-high 130 yards. On Pronty’s first score, Sheehan rolled left to hit Pronty.
The second TD came on a ball which appeared to be slightly under thrown and Pronty made the catch
between two defenders before sprinting into the end zone.
"It feels good because it was live. We don’t go live too much in practice," Pronty, a 6-foot,
184 pound, senior said. "We did well communicating, being on the same page as the quarterback that
comes from (working) in the summertime. And a couple of days ago, we did defensive recognition and that
helped out a lot, knowing what we were about to see before the play started.
Jorden, a 6-3, 193, junior, from Hudson Valley (Troy, N.Y.) Community College, caught scoring passes for
16 and 29 yards from Pankratz, who worked mainly with BG’s No. 2 offensive unit, and a 40-yarder from
freshman Matt Schilz. Jorden’s 40-yard score, came on a nice cut-back across the field.
Jorden, who just came into camp this month as a late signee, unofficially finished with seven receptions
for 129 yards.
"I really thought we had some young receivers step up today," BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
"It was exciting to see Kamar Jorden make plays .. We’re glad he’s at Bowling Green."
"There is a lot of competition at receiver," Pronty said. "Nobody has a starting position
right now … everybody is going hard. If you’re a two, you’re trying to play like a one and if you’re a
one, you’re trying to play like an All-MAC player."
Clawson was glad to see some positives during the scrimmage, but he knows there is still a lot of work to
be done for the season-opener on Sept. 3 against Troy.
"Anytime you have a scrimmage you face them with new situations and see how they react,"
Clawson said. "In some situations, we reacted well and in others, I’m glad we have another
two-and-a-half weeks of practice.
"The offensive line did a great job in pass protection," he continued. "But you flip that
around and that means you’re not winning enough blocks on defense.
"It’s forever in football that whenever you do something well on one side of the ball, sometimes
it’s because of a breakdown on the other side. You enjoy the positives and know that you have to correct
those other things."
Roger Williams started the scrimmage with a 93-yard kickoff return for a score. Willie Geter and John
Pettigrew each ran for a touchdown while Chris Bullock, Vince German, Freddie Barnes and Shaun Joplin
also caught scoring passes.
"We got a lot of work," Clawson said. "We got in two hours and 50 minutes, We took
advantage of the opportunity … and now we get a chance to grade it, watch it on film and there are a
lot of mistakes and a lot of corrections to be made for sure."
Defensively, sophomore Adrien Spencer started with the No. 1 defense at cornerback opposite Williams.
Robert Lorenzi, who missed last season with a broken leg, is battling Spencer for playing time.
Also freshman Chris Jones, 6-2, 275 from Brownsburg, Ind., has been playing well at defensive tackle.
On the offensive line, Scott Albert, 6-7, 292 redshirt senior, has moved into the No. 1 right guard spot.

Place-kickers Jerry Phillips and fifth-year senior Matt Norsic are still in contention for the No. 1
NOTES: Wide receivers Calvin Wiley and Derek Brighton are sidelined with injuries … Punter Nick
Iovinelli will be the holder for place-kicks … Freddie Barnes and Willie Geter are working as punt
returners right now while Roger Williams and Pronty were the first two back on kickoff returns … The
Falcons have another scrimmage set for this Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
Front page caption: Members of the Falcon football team warm up before a scrimmage Saturday evening.