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2007 Bowling Green Preview - Offense

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Posted May 17, 2007


Preview 2007 Bowling Green Falcon Offense Preview

Bowling Green Falcons

Preview 2007 - Offense

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What you need to know: The offense went from being all-pass, no-run in 2005 to being a running team last year thanks to mobile quarterbacks in Anthony Turner, and early on, Freddie Barnes. Now there's a battle between Turner and Tyler Sheehan for the starting job with the hopes of balancing things out. The backfield should be excellent with the addition of JUCO transfer Eric Ransom to go along with power of Chris Bullock and Dan Macon. All-star center Kory Lichtensteiger leads a good line that should get better and better as the year goes on. The one area of development will be receiver with some deep threats needing to emerge to go along with mid-range possession-target Corey Partridge.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Anthony Turner
144-252, 1,596 yds, 11 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Chris Bullock
160 carries, 769 yds, 4 TD
Receiving: Corey Partridge
55 catches, 658 yds, 3 TD

Star of the offense: Senior C Kory Lichtensteiger
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore QB Tyler Sheehan
Unsung star on the rise: Junior RB Eric Ransom
Best pro prospect:
Lichtensteiger
Top three all-star candidates: 1)
Lichtensteiger, 2) WR Corey Patridge, 3) Ransom
Strength of the offense: Offensive line, running backs
Weakness of the offense:
Wide receivers

Quarterbacks

Projected Starter: The quarterback situation is a long way from being resolved, but sophomore Tyler Sheehan has the inside edge to start on opening day after completing 23 of 43 passes for 192 yards when thrown to the wolves as a true freshman. He didn't throw any touchdown passes and gave away four picks in his limited time, but at 6-3 and 225 pounds, he's the type of big passer who should get the air attack back on track.

Projected Top Reserves: Sheehan might be the number one, sort of, but 6-2, 229-pound junior Anthony Turner is No. 1A and will likely see time throughout the year because of his mobility and experience. He completed 57% of his passes for 1,596 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions, but it was his mobility, finishing second on the team with 480 yards and five touchdowns, that makes him such a weapon.

The X factor will be 6-3, 212-pound redshirt freshman Anthony Glaud, a developing passer with tremendous all-around skills who might be the number three quarterback to start the season, but is good enough to potentially see time as the number two.

Watch Out For ... the quarterback situation to be an issue all year long. Whoever is under center will always be looking over the shoulder at two good options behind him.
Strength
:
Size. The three quarterback options are all big and relatively mobile. They'll all young and will get plenty of opportunities to grow into the system.
Weakness
:
Throwing the football. While Sheehan will be strong with more work, and Turner wasn't all that bad last year, the Falcons finished tenth in the MAC in passing offense and 91st in the nation in passing efficiency. It was a far cry from the days of Omar Jacobs.
Outlook: Consistency will be the key for whoever takes over the starting job. While it would be nice to have a weapon who could do a little of everything, being able to spread the ball around to several different targets and keep the chains moving is vital. Expect plenty of second-guessing throughout the year.
Rating:
6

Running Backs

Projected Starters: The Falcon backfield has good, veteran talent returning, so it should say something that JUCO transfer Eric Ransom has come in and established himself as the likely number one option. The junior is a 5-10, 185-pound quick back who ran for over 2,300 yards in two years at Trinity College in Texas. He would've been a far hotter prospect coming out of high school, but he was hurt his senior year.

Trying to pave the way, and serve as a do-it-all player for the offense, will be senior fullback Pete Winovich. After moving over from the defensive side, the 6-3, 248-pounder got a little bit of work rushing for 78 yards and averaging 6.5 yards per carry while catching one pass for a seven-yard touchdown.

Projected Top Reserves: 5-11, 220-pound sophomore Chris Bullock had a big first year leading the team with 769 yards and four touchdowns while catching 14 passes for 119 yards. Originally considered to be a fullback, he became too tough and too productive to not use as a tailback. He basically carried the team during the middle of the year as the workhorse for the offense, and then his workload began to tail off over the final three games.

6-1, 214-pound senior Dan Macon is a nice third running back to have, if he actually becomes the number three man in the mix. He was the starter at the beginning of last year and finished with 387 yards and a touchdown. While he's not a burner, he has good quickness and could be perfect for 5-to-7 carries a game.

Watch Out For ... an excellent rotation of backs. Ransom brings some desperately needed speed to the backfield, while Bullock and Macon bring the power.
Strength
:
Options. Not only does Bowling Green have three starting-caliber backs, it has Freddie Barnes, who's part quarterback, part receiver, part runner, just in case there needs to be even more of a pop.
Weakness
:
An outside threat other than Ransom. Bullock and Macon can be productive, but if Ransom doesn't pan out as expected, the Falcons will be searching for someone to provide more of a speed option to turn the corner.
Outlook: The Falcons led the MAC in rushing last season mainly because the most dangerous runners where under center. If Tyler Sheehan, who's not really a runner, takes over the starting quarterback job, the backfield will have to handle more of the workload. As long as Ransom is solid, there will be good production among the backs with a nice blend of speed and power to utilize in different situations.
Rating: 6.5


Receivers

Projected Starters: Returning after a breakout sophomore year is 5-11, 184-pound junior Corey Partridge, who led the team with 55 catches for 658 yards and three touchdowns. A quick target who can also return punts and kicks, he was the main receiving weapon throughout the year, and then he blew up over the final three games with ten catches for 107 yards against Akron and 14 catches for 161 yards and a score against Toledo. He'll start at the inside H position and will once again be the go-to target.

At the outside X will be junior Marques Parks, who made just five grabs for 30 yards last year. While he was still trying to get healthy after missing most of the second half of the 2005 season, he still never made his presence felt as a deep threat. That has to change this year.

At the Z will be sophomore Tyrone Pronty after a five-catch, 37-pyard freshman season. He didn't see action over the first half of the year, but was brought in late to try to boost up the passing game. One of the quicker receivers, he can also see time as a kick returner.

The offense's most versatile and exciting player is 6-2, 212-pound sophomore Freddie Barnes, who started the season at quarterback and ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin and finished with 405 yards and nine scores to go along with 210 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He turned into a jack-of-all-trades finishing with 20 catches for 203 yards and two scores, and now he'll start at the E position.

At tight end, when the offense uses one in its spread formation, will be sophomore Jimmy Scheidler, a 6-4, 244-pound blocker who might see a catch or two here and there. He's a good athlete with the hands to get the ball thrown his way more often.

Projected Top Reserves: Sophomore Zach Charles was a rising playmaker for the offense with 14 catches for 50 yards as a true freshman, and then got hurt five games into the season and was out for the year. He's lightning fast with the potential to crank out home runs at the H behind Corey Partridge.

Moving over from the defensive side will be sophomore Calvin Wiley, who made 23 tackles last season in the secondary. He's a great athlete who'll move in behind Prority at the Z.

Watch Out For ... Barnes to explode as a full-time receiver. The coaching staff will use him in a variety of ways, but he'll be the dangerous playmaker the receiving corps lacked last year.
Strength
:
Quickness. This isn't necessarily the fastest group around, but it's quick and should be able to get into the open without an issue. They'll be good on the short-to-midrange plays.
Weakness
:
A proven deep threat. It's partly the fault of the quarterbacks who weren't able to deliver the ball deep, but the receivers have to do more when it comes to making big plays. Barnes can be a deep-ball threat, but it would be nice if Parks developed into one.
Outlook: The receiving production fell off the map with a change in quarterbacks after Omar Jacobs left, but it was also a new group that struggled to find any sort of a groove last season. The potential is there to do more with passer Tyler Sheehan likely under center, but Anthony Turner has experience and could do more through the air, too. Partridge is a nice number one mid-range target, and now more explosive receivers have to develop.
Rating: 5.5

Offensive Linemen

Projected Starters: While it's hard to call a center the star of the offense, 6-3, 300-pound senior Kory Lichtensteiger is one. A tough guard in the first part of his career, he made the move inside and earned first-team All-MAC honors as a great leader and all-around blocker. His NFL future is likely at guard, but he'll be one of the nation's best in the middle this year.

Next to Lichtensteiger on the left side will be sophomore Shane Steffy, a 6-3, 302-pound run blocker who saw a little bit of time in ten games last season.

At left tackle will be senior Drew Nystrom, who's coming off a great season starting nine games as one of the team's better pass blockers. He's 6-5, 300 pounds and mobile.

Also returning is senior Kevin Huelsman at right tackle, who's starting to come into his own as the top all-around blocker he was expected to be when he came to Bowling Green as a top recruit. He's 6-5, 290 pounds and can hit.

Former defensive lineman Brandon Curtis will get the start at right guard. The 6-2, 285-pound junior is physical, and he's not starting from scratch having played on the O line in high school.

Projected Top Reserves: In the hunt for the starting left guard job will be 6-4, 288-pound sophomore Brandon Minturn, who started three games last year on the defensive side finishing with 22 tackles. While he's not as big as Steffy, he'll do some pushing around.

6-5, 290-pound junior Jeff Fink will be given every opportunity to win the job at right guard in a battle with Curtis. He started the final three games last year and was fine, but he has to do even more for the running game.

Watch Out For ... Lichtensteiger to make everyone around him better. It's always easier to break in new starting guards when you have an all-star in the middle.
Strength
:
Tackles. Nystrom and Huelsman weren't all-stars last year, but they might be this season. They were good in pass protection and have the potential to be great all-around performers.
Weakness
:
Veteran guards. Considering how much the running game revolved around pounding it up the middle last year. Steffy and Curtis had better be great from the word go.
Outlook: This has the potential to be one of the better lines in the MAC as long as the guards come through. A heralded recruiting class of a few years ago will finally mature providing veteran starters on the outside and Lichtensteiger in the middle leading the way, and the skill players will benefit. While the pass protection numbers from last year were fine, it helped to have a mobile quarterback in Anthony Turner to lead the way. If Tyler Sheehan is under center, the line will have to do an even better job to give him time.
Rating: 6

 

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