Bowling Green Preview 2006
Everyone has to rebuild at some point, right? Even Bowling Green.
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Bowling Green is coming off its most successful five year stint
in school history with plenty of national attention and a couple of
bowl appearances, but for all the fireworks, big offensive numbers,
and victories, there haven't been MAC titles making last year's 6-5
campaign a tremendous disappointment.
The 2005 team was supposed to be the one that took the program
to another level with Omar Jacobs leading an offense that was
supposed to be among the best in the nation, but the running game
never got going, Jacobs got hurt midway through the year, and now
the team is almost starting from scratch even with 11 starters
returning on both sides of the ball.
Head coach: Gregg Brandon
6th year; 26-11
Returning Lettermen: 43
Lettermen Lost: 20
Best Falcon Players
1. DE Devon Parks, Sr.
2. C Kory Lichtensteiger, Jr.
3. QB Anthony Turner, Soph.
4. CB Antonio Smith, Soph.
5. LB Terrel White, Sr.
6. OG Derrick Markray, Sr.
7. FS Deandre Perry, Jr.
8. WR Corey Partridge, Soph.
9. WR Marques Parks, Soph.
10. TE Sean O'Drobinak, Jr.
at Ohio State
at Central Michigan
2005 Record: 6-5
2005 predicted wins
at Wisconsin L 56-42
at Boise State L 48-20
at Kent State
at Miami Univ. W 42-14
L 44-41 2OT
Brandon and his coaching staff are among the MAC's best and will always
get the team playing at a solid level, but this season could be a step
back to take a big leap forward with only six seniors and all the
biggest spots filled with exciting young players.
The most scrutiny will be at quarterback, where Anthony Turner is the
next in line after Jacobs and the ultra-productive Josh Harris. He got
his feet wet in three starts last season, but he lost two big games
against Western Michigan and Akron that effectively killed the season. A
sophomore, he'll have to play like a veteran with a nearly-new receiving
corps to throw to and a brand, spanking new backfield to work with.
The defense was a bigger disappointment last year with no run defense
and not nearly enough pressure generated from the front seven. That
should change in an effort to get quicker up front moving Brad Williams
from end to tackle to make room for Diyral Briggs and a slew of redshirt
freshmen to help out Devon Parks. The back seven will be a work in
progress, but the secondary should eventually be a strength.
Even with all the question marks and all the huge holes to fill, Bowling
Green can still surprise and get to the MAC title game because of the
division. There's Akron and Miami in the East, but Buffalo, Kent State
and Ohio make it the weaker of the two divisions. If the team can grow
up in a hurry, the future might be now.
Schedule: It's almost perfect for a young team. Forget about
upsetting Wisconsin in the opener, games against Buffalo, at FIU, Kent
State, and Ohio provide three good opportunities to tune up for the rest
of the way. Getting Eastern Michigan from the West is a big break, but
then things take a dramatic turn with four road games in the final five
finishing up at Akron, at home against Miami University, and at Toledo
in a three-game make-or-break-stretch run for the MAC title game.
There's a road game at Temple, but there's also a trip to Ohio State.
Junior C Kory Lichtensteiger. Able to play center or guard, the
two-time, Second Team All-MAC performer will move inside where he'll be
the big anchor of the line. He's 6-3, 305 pounds, and very strong in all
phases. If he's not the league's best offensive lineman, he's on the
Senior DE Devon Parks. A great tackling end, Parks should be a better
pass rusher now that he has three years of experience. He's not always
flashy, but he's a steady pass rusher and can be a disruptive force for
to a successful season: Sophomore QB Anthony Turner. More of a
runner than Omar Jacobs, he'll allow the coaching staff to use the
entire playbook this season. With so many new starters at running back
and so many new receivers, Turner has to be sharper than he was when he
got a few chances to start as a freshman.
will be a success if ... Bowling Green wins the East. Why shoot any lower? The schedule
works out well with the division's best team, Miami, coming to Perry
Stadium. The possibility of a ten-win regular season is there with the only
likely losses coming to Wisconsin and Ohio State and the
biggest MAC games coming at the end of the year when the team will be as
jelled as it's going to be.
Nov. 15 vs. Miami University. Akron might be the disrespected MAC
champions, but the RedHawks are the better team and will be the main
obstacle to getting to the conference title game. The winner of this
nationally televised contest will likely have the East.
The Last Time Bowling
- Punt return average: Bowling Green, 13 yards per return - Opponents
2.6 yards per return
- Penalties: Opponents 72 for 652 yards - Bowling Green 60 for 526 yards
- Field goals: Opponents 6 of 9 - Bowling Green 5 of 9
…played in a bowl game…2004 (GMAC Bowl vs. Memphis)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Western Michigan)
…was shutout…1998 (Missouri)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Temple)
…won a conference title…1992 (MAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2004 (Omar Jacobs)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2004 (P.J. Pope)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Charles Sharon)
…had a first-round draft choice…1961 (RB Bernie Casey)