I haven't received official word on this, but I'm hearing through the grapevine that seniors Eugene Cooper and Jovan Leacock will be eligible for Saturday's game against Western Michigan.
Neither player traveled to West Virginia after there were issues regarding the completion of the NCAA eligibility process. Click here if you want to read about the entire situation.
UPDATE (5 p.m.): Just got word that both Cooper and Leacock have been cleared to play in Saturday's game. No other penalties will be levied on the players or the school for the situation.
More good news: While there wasn't much good that came from the Falcons' 55-10 loss at West Virginia Saturday, one good thing was that the team seems relatively injury-free.
Coach Dave Clawson said in Monday's Mid-American Conference coaches call that he expects running backs Jordan Hopgood and Anthon Samuel available for Saturday's game at Western Michigan.
“Anthon could have played [at West Virginia], but once that game got out of hand, it made no sense to use him,” Clawson said. “We anticipate having Samuel back, and we anticipate having Hopgood ready.”
Along those lines, the Falcons made no changes to their depth chart following Saturday's game. Since players who were injured in the past -- such as OL Chip Robinson and CB Cameron Truss -- practiced late last week, the assumption is that they can go this week as well.
And while there were a number of defensive players who were "dinged" against West Virginia, the only player who did not return to the game was nose tackle Ted Ouellet.
Here are a few more quotes from Clawson and from Western Michigan football coach Bill Cubit ...
ON THE STRUGGLES AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA: "We knew we would have to play at a high level for four quarters to have a chance to beat West Virginia, and we didn't do that. Some of the things we did [in that game] were things we can't do against any team and expect to win. Offensively we had three interceptions, and defensively that was our worst tackling day of the year. They made us miss [tackles] in space, but we allowed a lot of their running game to break out [of containment] and make big plays."
ON GETTING PAST THE WEST VIRGINIA GAME: "You don't want to ignore the result and say it didn't happen," Clawson said. "Part of what happened on Saturday is because West Virginia is skilled and talented and executed at a high level. And some of what happened we couldn’t do against any team: The way we tackled and the way we didn’t take care of the football. But we need to lick our wounds, then refocus."
WMU'S CUBIT ON WHAT HE HAS SEEN ON FILM ABOUT BG: "On offense they run the ball better than they did last year. Defensively they have some guys who run around making plays, and who play with passion. When we played last year, we had won a couple of games in a row and were on a roll. BG had a lot of injuries at that point and it was patchwork, they were filling in a lot of holes. This is definitely a different BG team on tape than what we saw last year."
AFTER WINNING AT CONNECTICUT, IS THIS A "TRAP" GAME FOR WMU? "I don't think so," Cubit said. "This is an important game against one of the best teams in the East Division. I think a bigger 'trap' game for us was playing Central Michigan after we had played Illinois and before we played UConn."
Also, if you didn't get the news, BG's Jerry "BooBoo" Gates was named Mid-American Conference East Division special teams player of the week. Click here to read about the honor.