With the extra days between now and the Falcons' next game, which is Tuesday at the Doyt against Northern Illinois, here is this week's update on injuries and the Bowling Green two-deep.
There won't be an update on the depth chart until Wednesday at the earliest, although the Falcons seem to have come through the Kent State game relatively injury free.
First, the good news (which comes with an asterisk): coach Dave Clawson said that he expects running back Anthon Samuel to be available for the NIU game. The asterisk? Clawson expected Samuel to play against Kent State, too, and he did not.
Samuel is suffering from post-concussive symptoms.
“His symptoms had pretty much cleared up,” Clawson said of Samuel on Monday's Mid-American Conference coach's teleconference. “We were optimistic last week at this point, but we still have over a week. Right now we plan on having him. We’re hoping he’ll be able to have a full practice with us on Wednesday.”
As for the Falcons' schedule ... the coaching staff is on the road recruiting today. The team watched film Sunday, did nothing but lift (!) Monday, and will have Tuesday off. BG then will return to its typical schedule on Wednesday through Friday mornings.
At last word the Falcons will practice Saturday, but the time is uncertain. The team will practice Sunday afternoon, then have a walk-through on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's game.
Clawson said that Wednesday's practice will focus on general corrections and emphasis on fundamentals. "On our first practice day each week, we have a period we call "individual correction" where we focus on things that fundamentally we did not do well," Clawson said. "Certainly we had things on both sides of the ball [Saturday] that we did not do well."
Clawson continued to echo the frustrations he originally sounded following the 27-15 loss the Golden Flashes on Saturday.
"We made way too many mistakes," he said. "On offense, we were on their side of the field six times and got no touchdowns, we had three turnovers and we missed two field goals.
"I thought our defense just didn't play with the same edge that it had the past two weeks. And I thought this was our worst special teams game of the season."