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What they're saying about Bowling Green football in 2018

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    Bowling Green's Jarret Doege throws a pass against Toledo. Doege started five games as a true freshman a year ago.

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    Andrew Clair is tackled by Brandon Perce during the Bowling Green State University spring football game. Clair stepped into a starting role as a true freshman a year ago.

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What they're saying

"[Head coach Mike Jinks is] creating a nice base of talent for the next BGSU rise. We’ll just have to see if he’s the one in charge when said rise occurs. If it’s going to happen for Jinks in Bowling Green, we’ll know this year. We saw hints of recent recruiting paying off in 2017, even if results didn’t follow." — Bill Connelly, SB Nation

"The call went out for a dramatic overhaul after the Falcons allowed an alarming 506.6 yards per game last season. Bowling Green has hired [Carl] Pelini to run the unit and brought in several new position coaches. With five of the top six tacklers returning, the opportunity for significant improvement is there." — Athlon Sports

"While wins on the field have been elusive for Bowling Green, the program has found some success on the recruiting trail. ... If Pelini can work his magic on the defense, Bowling Green could exceed expectations and start piling up wins sooner rather than later." — Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel

Facts and figures

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Andrew Clair is tackled by Brandon Perce during the Bowling Green State University spring football game. Clair stepped into a starting role as a true freshman a year ago.

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107.6 — Average all-purpose yards as a freshman for running back Andrew Clair, which ranked fifth in the MAC.

0 — Times the Falcons won at Doyt Perry Stadium in 2017.

5 — BG's projected finish in the MAC East, according to preseason poll voters.

1983 — The last time a true sophomore QB had starting experience. Jarret Doege started five times last season.

253.3 — Bowling Green's average rushing yards allowed last season, which ranked last in the MAC and fourth-worst of 129 FBS teams.

4.4 — BG’s over/under for total wins, according to the South Point Casino.

Projected starters

Offense

QB: 2 Jarret Doege

RB: 1 Andrew Clair

WR: 21 Scott Miller

WR: 80 Quintin Morris

WR: 18 Deric Phouthavong

TE: 47 Dorian Hendrix

LT: 74 Lorenzo Taborn

LG: 65 Jack Kramer

C: 55 Caleb Bright

RG: 77 John Kurtz

RT: 64 Austin Labus

Defense

DE: 50 Jonah Harper

NT: 97 Josh Croslen

DT: 93 Kyle Junior

DE: 58 Brian Sanders

LB: 1 Brandon Harris

LB: 55 Kholbe Coleman

CB: 30 Ty Redding

CB: 14 Marcus Milton

CB: 6 Monte Gregory

FS: 13 Jamari Bozeman

SS: 4 Fred Garth

Special Teams

P: 98 Grant Tinnerman

K: 12 Nate Needham

Contact Nicholas Piotrowicz at npiotrowicz@theblade.com, 419-724-6110, or on Twitter @NickPiotrowicz

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