With the first practice of fall camp opening this morning, Bowling Green State University football coach
Dino Babers is eager to get his team on the field.
Babers, who is entering his first season at the helm of the Falcons, begins his third season as a college
head coach and his first at the Division I FBS level.
"For coaches, we’re just ready to get on the practice field. … It’s time to get serious,"
Babers said Saturday afternoon at BGSU’s football media day. "All of the icing is off the cake, and
it’s time to bake the cake and that’s going to be the key to what kind of football team, what kind of
season we’re going to have this year."
The Falcons head into 2014 after a 10-4 season under former coach Dave Clawson, who led BG to its first
Mid-American Conference title since 1992.
"The 2014 team is totally different than the 2013 team, and we need to keep working on the 2014 team
to make sure we have the type of product that everybody is anticipating we have," Babers said.
GRASS: Babers has moved the team’s practice site from Doyt Perry Stadium to the grass area east of the
stadium. In previous years the team has typically practiced and held scrimmages on the turf inside the
"You play games on grass, you play games on turf. The old school people always played on
grass," Babers said. "Grass is heavier, grass is slower. You have to work harder in practice
if you play on grass. You play on the turf, it’s fast, it’s slick, you don’t have to work it hard. So we
want to make sure we get our hard work in. We go to work with lunch pails, so to speak."
GALLON: Babers confirmed that redshirt junior Chris Gallon re-injured his left knee and will be out for
the 2014 season. Gallon suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his knee last year at Mississippi State,
causing him to miss the final seven games of the season. Gallon finished 2013 with 24 receptions for 232
yards and two touchdowns.
"I feel bad for Chris," Babers said. "From a football standpoint it’s a blessing. He gets
an opportunity to get that thing done correctly and he gets to stay off the field for an entire year. He
gets to stay in this system two and a half years instead of one and a half years. It’s nothing but a
blessing for him, and I told him that. He’ll come out of this thing smelling like a rose, and BGSU will
TRANSFERS: Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes and former Tennessee defensive end Malik Brown have
reportedly transferred to BGSU. The 6-foot Rhodes, who caught 10 passes for 157 yards as a freshman, was
dismissed for Baylor’s program last month.
Brown, a 6-4, 251-pound redshirt freshman, left Tennessee’s program after battling injuries a year ago.
Baber acknowledged both players, but said, "We will have to wait and see," about both transfers
HOUSTON: Running back William Houston, who was accused of attempted rape just over two weeks ago, is not
with the team as camp opens.
"We are not allowed to speak about it at all," Babers said. He did note that Houston is not on
Houston finished with 211 yards rushing on 49 carries and 11 touchdowns last season.