Clawson hints at likely changes


BOWLING GREEN -- The Bowling Green State University football team will be making some changes after its disappointing loss at Virginia Tech Saturday.

The changes will be subtle ones, though.

The Falcons' two-deep for the contest against Rhode Island Saturday at Doyt Perry Stadium is unchanged, but coach Dave Clawson hinted that who starts a game is only part of the game-plan puzzle.

"Is the depth chart the same? Yes," Clawson said. "But who gets the most [plays] during the game is up in the air depending on how players practice."

One position that will bear watching in that regard Saturday is the receiver spot. Injuries have limited the time of Shaun Joplin, Ryan Burbrink, and Heath Jackson, but play at that position has been inconsistent through the first four games.

"The thing we have to look closely at is who is making plays for us on offense," Clawson said. "We need to get the ball into the hands of our play-makers in a position for them to make plays.

"At receiver we have a number of guys who are all capable of playing at a high level. But they haven't played with the consistency we need to win."

The Falcons are 1-3 this season, in part because of a schedule that includes potential Top 25 teams Florida and Virginia Tech as well as a tough Mid-American Conference opener against Toledo, which was picked to win the West division in the preseason.

"This wasn't a schedule built for early [season] confidence," Clawson said. "At Florida, I thought we played extremely well, and against Idaho we played well enough to win.

"The last two weeks we haven't performed as well, and that's pretty obvious. We're capable of performing better, and I believe we have the players to do that."

THAT'S GROSS: Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas suffered an injury to the nail on his right thumb while running for the Hokies' third TD against the Falcons.

"My fingernail just got peeled back, about midway through all the way back to the base," Thomas said. "It was one of the worst pains I've ever felt."

The broken nail may have affected his passing in the second half. Thomas completed 9-of-17 for 127 yards and two scores before the injury but was just 2-for-9 for 17 yards and an interception after.

NO CHANGE: The unchanged two-deep for BG means the Falcons hope to have players who were injured against Virginia Tech -- most notably cornerback Cameron Truss and Burbrink -- back against the Rams.

The starting kicking job remains an "or" competition between senior Stephen Stein, who took BG's lone field-goal attempt at Virginia Tech and hit the right upright from 43 yards out, and freshman Tyler Tate, who handled the job the previous two weeks.

2 Falcons awarded MAC volleyball honors

BOWLING GREEN -- Bowling Green volleyball players Lindsey Butterfield and Leah Shaw each earned weekly awards from the Mid-American Conference.

Butterfield, a junior outside hitter, was named the MAC East division offensive player of the week, while Shaw, a senior middle, was named the defensive player of the week. Both played key roles as the Falcons knocked off MAC East favorite Ohio Friday and then beat Kent State Saturday.

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