Friday, July 29, 2016

Two-Deep Released

All right football fans...from the BGSU has released its media packet, which includes a pre-season two-deep....which you can find here.

The first thing people will turn to...and it is hardly a that James Knapke is listed as the starter for the Falcons at QB.  There has been zero signal that anything else was going to happen and every pre-season magazine predicted he would start.  He does have experience, and while he struggled most of the year when he did, he had a year of practice as back up in between now and then.  Anyway, he's on the top line heading to Columbus.

The RBs are Coppet and Donovan Wilson.

The OL, of course, remains rock solid, Bennett, Steward, McAuliffe, Beggan and Dietz.  Four seniors and a junior across the line.

The WRs are Redding, Moore, Pough and Miller.  The biggest surprise to me is that Darrion Landry is not anywhere on the 2-deep and more recent transfer Vanel Dossous is on the second line.  Other backs up Tupa, Phouthavong, and Folkestma.

Defensively, the line looks OK from the perspective of starters--Bush, Lunsford, Smith, and Konowalski, but D-line is all about depth and BG's second line has 18 tackles among them and the backup d-tackles have 0.

Of course, LB is expected to be the defense's strength. Trent Greene will start on one side with Austin Valdez in the middle. On the right, Jack Walz III is listed as a co-starter with James Sanford. Backups are Aaron Banks or Dorian Hendrix (KY transfer), Locke in the middle and Harris on the right side.

The D-backfield features Mack and Will Watson at CB and Ben Hale and Jamari Bozeman at S.  Depth could be an issue here...backup corners are SO Robert Jackson and SO Marcus Milton, both of whom played last year, and at S they are Isiah Gourdine, who actually has played quite a bit, and Tavaraus Wade, a R-SO from Homestead, FL, who has not appeared in a Falcon uniform.

I was surprised not to see Nilijah Ballew on the 2-deep.  No idea if he is injured or not.

FWIW, reported UM Graduate Transfer Da'Mario Jones is not on the roster.

Based on the 2-deep, Nick Fields won the PK job.

There's no mention of return specialists.

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