What you need to know ...
Things will change a bit with QB Omar Jacobs leaving early
for the NFL. While he was one of the greatest pure passers in Bowling
Green history, he wasn't mobile. New starter Anthony Turner won't throw
like Jacobs did, but the offense has far more now because of his running
ability. The other skill positions are bigger issues losing backs B.J.
Lane and P.J. Pope and receivers Charles Sharon and Steve Sanders with
little overall experience among the replacements. The line will be the
strength early on with three solid All-MAC candidates to work around.
Passing: Anthony Turner
52-86, 492 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Bobby Thomas
42 carries, 183 yds
Receiving: Corey Partridge
23 catches, 317 yds, 1 TD
Star of the offense: Junior C Kory Lichtensteiger
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior RB
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore WR Marques Parks
Best pro prospect:
Top three all-star candidates: 1)
Lichtensteiger, 2) QB Anthony Turner, 3) OG Derrick Markey
Strength of the offense: Offensive line
Weakness of the offense:
Skill position experience
With Omar Jacobs leaving early for the NFL after a
relatively disappointing season, it'll be up to Anthony Turner
to build on the playing time he got last year with three starts
and mild success. He has some huge shoes to fill following
All-MAC stars like Jacobs and Josh Harris, but he has the size,
mobility, and potential to be another top Falcon passer and
should allow the offense to do more because of his running
skills. Freddie Barnes and Tony Hunter have no experience
The key to the unit: Anthony Turner has to keep the
offense moving and put points on the board. He needs to stay
healthy so the backups can get more time to develop.
Quarterback Rating: 5.5
- Anthony Turner, Soph. - 52-85, 492 yd, 61%, 2 TD, 4 INT,
53 carries, 170 yds, 3.2 ypc, 3 TD
Thrown into the mix when Omar Jacobs got hurt, Turner had a few
decent moments, but the offense struggled against three bad
defenses: Western Michigan, Akron, and Kent State. At 6-2,
226-pound sophomore is more mobile than Jacobs and has a good
arm. Now he has to prove he can lead the offense to points and
the team to wins.
- Freddie Barnes, RFr.
A decent all-around prospect, the 6-2, 185-pound Barnes is fast
with a decent arm. He has the number two job, but he needs
plenty of time and seasoning before being counted on as a
starter. If he plays, he'll mostly be used to run the ball.
- Tony Hunter, RFr.
With a live arm, Hunter has the passing skills to eventually be
in the mix for playing time. He doesn't have the quickness of
Freddie Barnes and isn't going to be a threat to start this
The running game gets a boost with the mobile
Anthony Turner at running back, but losing mainstays like B.J.
Lane and P.J. Pope will hurt early on. Dan Macon and Pete
Wincovich are going to be power runners, while Bobby Thomas will
bring the speed and Chris Bullock will do a little of
everything. It'll be a trial by fire all season long with the
number one back likely to be different each week.
The key to the unit: A steady runner has to emerge to
take the heat off the passing game. Few are going to respect the
Falcon backs early on until someone proves he needs to be
Running Back Rating: 5
- Dan Macon, Jr.
A powerful 6-1 and 210 pounds, Macon saw a little time in 2004
and redshirted last season. He has decent quickness but isn't a
burner. He's sure to be mostly a between-the-tackles runner and
will have to develop as a receiver.
- Pete Winovich, Jr. - 27 tackles, 2 TFL
More of a fullback than a true tailback, the 6-3, 234-pound
junior is all power after coming over from the defensive side.
He's a devastating blocker who might force the coaching staff to
go to more two-back sets. If he doesn't turn into a tight end
and starts running the ball, don't expect anything fancy.
- Bobby Thomas, Soph. - 42 carries, 183 yds, 4.4 ypc, 4
catches, 50 yds, 12.5 ypc
The leading returning rusher has a little bit of flash compared
to Dan Macon and Pete Winovich. He'll be the speed option to run
inside and out, and he'll be the most dangerous receiver of the
- Chris Bullock, RFr.
A strong 220 pounds, Bullock will push for time with a little
bit of quickness along with the potential to be a steady
between-the-tackles runner. He'll also be used a bit as a
You don't get better by losing 130 catches
1,883 yards, and 20 touchdowns of production from all-stars like
Charles Sharon and Steve Sanders. The system is able to make
stars out of decent prospects, and there are several good ones
led by sophomores Marques Parks at the outside X position and
Corey Partridge at the H. The 247-pound Ruben Ruiz is an
interesting target at the inside Z spot. Tight end should be
more than fine with Sean O'Drobinak and Jimmy Scheidler each
able the produce.
The key to the unit: All the young prospects have to
shine right off the bat and make quarterback Anthony Turner look
good; not the other way around.
Receiver Rating: 6.5
- Marques Parks, Soph. - 9 catches, 114 yds, 12.7 ypc
The new main man at the X, Parks turned into a starter halfway
through the season before getting knocked out for the year. He
has decent size and nice deep speed, but it's asking a lot for
him to be as productive right away as Charles Sharon was.
- Ruben Ruiz, Sr. - 11 catches, 174 yds, 15.8 ypc, 2 TD
The former JUCO transfer went from being a decent tight end to
now getting the starting nod at the inside Z position. At 6-4
and 247 pounds, he's one of the nation's biggest wide receivers
and could go back to being a tight end when needed. He'll pose
matchup nightmares for most MAC defensive backs.
- Corey Partridge, Soph. - 23 catches, 317 yds, 13.8 ypc,
The team's third leading receiver last year was a part-time
starter with his biggest game coming right off the bat catching
eight passes for 160 yards and a score against Wisconsin. He
does a little of everything well with the quickness to bust off
big plays and be a good punt returner, and the deep speed to be
a dangerous number one target at the H position.
- Tight end Sean O'Drobinak, Jr. - 9 catches, 1.3 yds,
11.4 ypc, 4 TD
A part-time starter last season, O'Drobinak turned into a major
weapon of the season half of last season highlighted by a two
touchdown game against Miami University. He's tough around the
goal line and should be an even better blocker after bulking up
to 262 pounds.
- Brandon Jones, Sr. - 1 catch, 3 yds
One of the team's most experienced receivers, Jones needs to
finally play a big role in his senior season behind Corey
Partridge at the H position. He's able to take shots across the
middle and he knows the offense well enough to start if needed.
- Aaron Davis, RFr.
The 6-2 Davis will add more of a size and athleticism to the X
position behind Marques Parks. While not as quick as Parks, he
has the size and talent to quickly find playing time.
- Kenneth Brantley II, Sr.
Mostly a special teamer so far, Brantley is one of the team's
faster players and finally has to make an impact after only
making two catches so far.
- Tight end Jimmy Scheidler, RFr.
A star on the scout ream last
season, the 20-pound Scheidler is a tremendous blocker and a
nice athlete. Not as big as starter Sean O'Brobinak, he still
has the potential to see time in all situations and be a major
player in two tight end sets.
The line had all five starters together for every game last
year, boasted all-star talent up and down, and was still average. Even
with the loss of tackle Rob Warren, things should be fine with All-MAC
performers like Kory Lichtensteiger and Derrick Markray to work around
and All-MAC performer-to-be Drew Nystrom taking over at left tackle.
This should be a strong run blocking line with several decent backup
options to step in if needed.
The key to the unit: Form a strong pass blocking unit
right away to give new starting quarterback Andrew Turner as much time
as possible to operate. Run blocking won't be an issue.
Offensive Line Rating: 6
- OT Drew Nystrom, Jr.
Nystrom grew into the role as a starter becoming a rock as a sophomore.
Now he'll be one of team's top linemen at left tackle using his 6-5,
304-pound frame as a devastating run blocker taking over for all-star
- OG John Lanning, Sr.
Versatile enough to play center or guard, Lanning saw time in eight
games after getting beaten out by Jonathan Culp in the middle. Now he'll
start at left guard with Kory Lichtensteiger moving to center.
- C Kory Lichtensteiger, Jr.
The starter at left guard for all 11 games last year, the 305
Lichtensteiger earned second-team All-MAC honors. He's a nasty
all-around blocker who'll move to center where he should be the anchor
up front and an all-star for the third straight season. He'll soon be
playing on Sundays.
- OG Derrick Markray, Sr.
A mainstay at right guard last year, Markray will have to battle with
Patrick Watson to keep the job. At 350 pounds he's the team's biggest
lineman by far and is a crushing run blocker. Consistency, as well as
his weight, will determine how much he starts.
- OT Kevin Huelsman, Jr.
The 6-5, 284-pound junior spent last year learning the job behind Drew
Nystrom, and now the job is his. He's an athletic pass blocker who has
seen enough practice time to be a fine newcomer.
- G Patrick Watson, Jr.
Watson will be back after missing time this
spring with a broken arm. He has been a key reserve for the last two
seasons and will be a more athletic option at right guard battling
Derrick Markray for time.
- T Kevin Mahoney, RFr.
The 6-6, 295-pound Mahoney is a bigger option at right
tackle than Kevin Huelsman, but he doesn't have nearly the same
experience. He could end up starting if needed at either tackle spot.