Injuries force Falcons to shake up offensive line

Injuries to center Ben Bojicic and left tackle Brady Minturn, both starters, have forced a major shakeup
on Bowling Green’s offensive line.
One starter has changed positions and two backups are penciled in as starters for the Falcons (3-4, 2-1
in the Mid-American Conference) in Saturday’s game with Central Michigan (6-1, 4-0). Kickoff is at noon
in Perry Stadium.
"With Ben he’s probably definitely out. With Brady we’re pretty sure he’s out too," BG head
coach Dave Clawson said Wednesday. "Barring some quick recovery we’ll be down those two."
Bojicic, a redshirt sophomore, has started 19 straight games for the Falcons and has been called BG’s
best offensive lineman by Clawson. Minturn, a fifth-year senior, has started 23 games over his career,
including 20 straight.
Fifth-year senior Shane Steffy, 6-feet-3, 289 pounds, has moved from left guard to center for Bojicic,
who is hampered by an injury to his right knee. For Steffy it will be the third different position he’s
started at on the offensive line during his BG career.
"He is our most experienced interior linemen. He’s played a lot of games," Clawson said about
Steffy. "The center is really the guy who has to make all the communication, all the calls, where
the slide goes to in the protection schemes. Shane has more experience in being involved in that
communication than anyone else we have.
"All year we have been working Shane as the backup center.
Both Bojicic and Steffy are left-handed.
"It’s kind of an ironic thing, but it kind of helps," Clawson said. "The snap rotation is
the same in terms of the quarterback getting the ball on the laces the same way on the shotgun
snap."
Moving into Steffy’s spot is Scott Lewis, a former walk-on who has since received a scholarship. A 6-2,
294 pound, redshirt sophomore, Lewis played high school football at Sylvania Northview. Lewis played
both right guard and left guard at Ball State last Saturday.
"Really our next best lineman is Scott Lewis, who is much better equipped to play guard than
center," Clawson said. "I have a lot of confidence in Scott Lewis.
"He’s a scholarship-caliber player," Clawson added. "He is very physical, powerful. He
knows the offense … I feel like Scott’s prepared.
"Is he going to play as well as Shane? There is a reason Shane and Ben are the starters and Scott is
not and those guys are a lot more experienced. I’m sure he’ll make mistakes, but I know this – he’ll
play hard."
Blaec Walker, 6-5, 300, redshirt freshman, moves into Minturn’s spot. Minturn has a bad shoulder.
"Blaec stepped in for Brady on Saturday (at Ball State) and played really well," Clawson said.
"Is he going to play well? Yes. Then the key is, he’s never had to play, 60, 70, 80, 90 plays
before. You need him to hold up not only physically for whatever it takes."
Clawson said another key would be getting the linemen plenty of repetitions in practice this week to
prepare them for what Central Michigan might do defensively.
Minturn could be ready for the Buffalo game on Nov. 3 while Bojicic is week-to-week.
MAHONE: P.J. Mahone, who was suspended for violation of team rules after playing in BG’s first two games
this season, is getting closer to being able to play on Nov. 3 against Buffalo.
"Next week, we’ll start getting him ready to play in the Buffalo game, if he stays on course,"
Clawson said.
Mahone has made 237 career tackles and has 10 interceptions.
WEEKEND: It’s Family Weekend and Hall of Fame Weekend at Bowling Green.
QUOTE: "Last year I saw Tim Tebow (Florida’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback) live. With the
numbers he (CMU’s Dan LeFevour) is putting up it’s an inevitable comparison that he is certainly the
MAC’s version of Tim Tebow," Clawson said.
TV: Saturday’s BG-CMU game will be televised on ESPN Plus and ESPN GamePlan with Michael Reghi on
play-by-play and Doug Chapman as the analyst.
NEXT: The Falcons do not have another game scheduled for Saturday the remainder of the regular season.

BG’s next contest is Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Buffalo. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on
ESPN2.