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Five and Five: Bowling Green

What are five things I like about Bowling Green in 2010? What about five things I don’t? This list has all the answers.


1. Coach Dave Clawson. The former Tennessee assistant did a great job in 2009, his debut season with the program. The guy can run an offense.

2. The experience of senior running back Willie Geter. He becomes the new face of the offense. His production should greatly improve in 2010.

3. While the offensive line lost a trio of starters, the potential replacements bring a handful of career starts to the table.

4. The defensive line is most veteran group on the team. The Falcons will be strong at end with Angelo Magnone and Darius Smith, both seniors, leading the way.

5. Losing Freddie Barnes hurts. Yet the Falcons return a handful of options at receiver, though no one player will match the 155 receptions Barnes posted a year ago.


1. The loss of not just Barnes, but also quarterback Tyler Sheehan. While Barnes set a new N.C.A.A. record for receptions last fall, it will be more difficult to replace the four-year starting quarterback.

2. Losing the entire linebacker corps. There are some players to watch at linebacker, however, such as sophomore Dwayne Woods.

3. These losses on offense will force the defense to help carry the load. Unless we see a sizable improvement, the Bowling Green defense is not ready to take on that role.

4. Only one starter back in the secondary. Keith Morgan will step in at strong safety, but there remains competition to fill one cornerback spot and the starting role at free safety.

5. A tough first month. Perhaps Bowling Green will round into form over the final two months of the year; it will be difficult to enter MAC play with a winning record when facing Troy, Tulsa, Marshall and Michigan in September.

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