Katrina Salinas will join the Bowling Green women’s basketball team this season, coach Jennifer Roos announced today.
Salinas is a 5-7 point guard from Sacramento, Calif., who comes to BGSU after two years at Central Arizona College. Last seaosn Salinas averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 assists per game to lead the Vaqueras to the NJCAA national tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
The team went 20-0 to earn the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title, with Salinas earning all-league third-team honors. CAC finished with an overall record of 31-3.
Salinas is enrolled in classes at BGSU for the fall semester and will be eligible to play in the 2012-13 season. She has two years of eligibility remaining after playing two seasons at CAC.
“Katrina is a fantastic late sign for our program,” Roos said. “She has demonstrated a large amount of independence and maturity by going away from home, and that independence transcends into many positives on and off the basketball court. She brings a vast knowledge of the game to our team and adds immediate depth to our point guard position.
A few final notes and quotes to help prepare for the Falcons' opener at Florida Saturday ...
A few final notes and quotes to help prepare for the Falcons' opener at Florida Saturday ...
Everyone seems to want predictions on the coming football season ... How will the Falcons do this year? Will they compete for the Mid-American Conference title? Can they win at Florida and Virginia Tech? How will the Falcons do against the Rockets?
And as for individuals ... Who will be the key producers on offense? Who will lead the defense? Who will the difference-makers this season?
Well, I'm not much of a predictions guy. Remember when I predicted a 6-6 finish? Sure, I would have looked pretty good had I made that prediction in 2011, when the Falcons were 5-7. Unfortunately, I made it before the 2010 season cratered at 2-10. Ouch.
But OK, you asked for it, so here you go: Predictions. In particular, predictions SURE to go wrong. Read, enjoy, weep, wail, gnash your teeth, and leave YOUR predictions at the bottom. Hang on, here we go ...
This season the Falcons have FIVE running backs who could pile up big rushing numbers, a group led by sophomore Anthon Samuel and also including Jordan Hopgood, Jamel Martin, Andre Givens and John Pettigrew. It also helps that the offensive line is improved and yes, the loss of all those receivers will likely bring the passing numbers down a little bit.
Last season there were four MAC schools that averaged at least 200 rushing yards per game. This season the Falcons will come VERY close to 200 rushing yards per game, but fall just short.
Of course, now that means I need to pick out a leading receiver ... or, more correctly, a leading pass-catcher. There are options: I think Falcon running backs will get the ball more, especially Hopgood, a converted receiver. I think the Falcons' tight ends will see the ball a lot, especially TE Alex Bayer, who was fourth on the team in catches a year ago.
I'm going to guess that Bayer ends up the leader just because he will be on the field as much as anyone.
The easy answer would be Shaun Joplin, the top pass-catcher returning from last season -- and the most experienced receiver back. The "recruitnik" answer would be Je'Ron Stokes, the talented Michigan transfer. The "young buck" answer would be Chris Gallon, a talented redshirt freshman who has pushed for a spot in the starting lineup.
The "out-of-nowhere" answer will be the one I choose, though: Ryan Burbrink. He's a walk-on from last season who has evolved into a player who is listed as a starter at Florida. I'm probably overstating things when I say he reminds me of Cole Magner, but you get the idea. Precise route-runner, good hands, shifty, hard-to-tackle. Lots to like here.
Last season BG ended up with 21 sacks (8.5 by Chris Jones) while giving up 23. The year before the Falcons notched 17 sacks while giving up 34 (!) in 12 games. The defensive line continues to improve, and the linebackers will become more involved in this area, so I think Bowling Green will finish with 25 sacks. The offensive line, if it stays healthy, will be better this season (even though it remains a young group). I think the Falcons cut the sacks allowed to 18.
And trust me, this is not meant as a knock on Woods, who is one of the premier linebackers in the MAC. If he stays healthy, Woods will make plenty of tackles -- and plenty of big plays. I just think one of the Falcons' safeties, either BooBoo Gates or Ryland Ward, makes more.
Unless Woods wins it.
I just have a feeling that this will work itself out. Wish I could tell you which kicker -- Stephen Stein or Tyler Tate -- wins the job. But what am I? A psychic?
First of all, it will be hard for him to match an average of 45.3 yards per kick, 19 punts of 50 yards or more (one-third of his kicks last season), and 18 inside the 20-yard line (also roughly one-third of his kicks). I still think Schmiedebusch will be good, and I don't believe punting will become a worry. But I don't see it being the weapon it was last season.
I don't think predicting home wins over Idaho and Rhode Island is bold. I don't think predicting wins over Florida or Virginia Tech makes any sense. Who does that leave? That's right, TSUN ... remember, you heard it here first.
I think the RedHawks will be an extremely dangerous team, especially with Zac Dysert and Nick Harwell returning. Yes, every game is a must-win ... but that is especially is must-win because it sets the table for a HUGE month of November. And it will be huge, should the Falcons beat Miami.
Sorry, things just clouded up. But my prediction is that you need to start saving your nickels and dimes to get ready for a bowl.
What do YOU think about these predictions? Do you have a Prediction Sure To Go Wrong? At the bottom of this page give us your thoughts in the "Post a comment" box! Looking forward to hearing from you!
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BG football coach Dave Clawson lapsed into coach-speak when asked how important the Florida game is to his program. "It's the biggest game on our schedule -- because it's the next one," he said.
Well, he is correct that it is the next game on the schedule. But is it right to say that the first game of the 2012 season is the most important?
It is the most important game if you consider the financial impact of the contest, since BG is receiving a $1.25 million guarantee to show up at the Swamp. And if the Falcons get the upset, it will be one of the biggest wins -- if not the biggest -- in school history.
But what if the odds-makers are correct and Florida is a whole bunch of points better than Bowling Green?
Then it becomes the biggest game only if BG allows that to happen.
It's not the biggest game in terms of reaching the team's goals, which include winning a Mid-American Conference division title, reaching the league's title contest, and earning a bowl berth. In that instance, it is just one game out of 12.
But if the Falcons are too beat up -- physically, emotionally, or mentally -- to handle the aftermath of the contest, then it is the biggest game on the schedule. For all the wrong reasons.
The Bowling Green football team announced its two-deep for the season opener at Florida Sept. 1, and there were some interesting decisions made on both sides of the ball.
Here's a look at how things shook out, along with some observations ...
I'll look at each of the "or" positions as I run through the two-deep. But keep this in mind: The "or" for a starting position basically reflects the game's first snap. I would assume everyone who has an "or" next to their name will be on the field against the Gators.
Obviously this is a competitive position, even without the suspended Jordan Hopgood. Interesting to note that Pettigrew is listed first, Martin second and Givens third. I would suspect the first three of this list will play for sure, and there's no reason to redshirt Givens so he probably will play as well. I look forward to seeing where Hopgood will fit on this list next week.
Extremely interesting decisions here. Burbrink is a freshman walk-on who started making his presence felt last spring, then continued to push for playing time in fall camp. Of the three, this is the most surprising choice. Joplin over Coby was the most clear-cut in the fall, while Gallon has gotten plenty of run with the first team.
But it's worth noting: BG may not use three receivers on their first play, instead using a tight end AND a fullback. And all six of these guys will get on the field at Florida (and not just in mop-up time).
I think the only surprise is that three tight ends are listed on the depth chart. And even that is a mild surprise, because Rolf has played well enough in the fall to earn the shot.
Let's address the center position first. Both Kekuewa and Robinson have seen plenty of snaps and spent time with the first team. Coach Dave Clawson, when asked about Robinson today, mentioned how smart Robinson was and how he knows all of the positions on the offensive line. My gut feeling is this: if there is an injury at any position -- not just center -- Robinson, assuming he does not start, will be the replacement.
For those wondering, the back-up to Cooper at LT is Christian Piazza, the back-up to Flewellyn at LG is Darion Delaney, the back-up to Huettel at RG is Dominique Wharton and the back-up to Roussos at RT is Scott Hodges. Of those four back-ups, Wharton is the only one who saw extensive action last season.
Don't read too much into the Campbell-Ouellet situation, because both will play -- a lot. My guess is that Walker is listed in front of Goble because of injury concerns, but Goble will play if he is healthy. Colvin and Thomas also will play a lot. And don't sleep on Royster ... yes, Jones will get the majority of the spans, but Royster has worked his way onto the depth chart with strong play, especially in the spring.
Obviously no surprises here. Expect Woods, Swan and Lynch to play a lot.
Martin and Sutton have battled for this position all spring and fall after BooBoo Gates moved to safety. I am mildly surprised that Martin is listed as the starter over Sutton, but I would be shocked if both didn't see significant action against the Gators.
In terms of starters, look for McKoy and Hunter to play a lot. I'm not surprised Watson is on the depth chart, because he has made an impact in the fall. He will get on the field ... and so, too, will Joseph.
No surprises here, except that Foster is a returning starter. Pettus, a junior-college transfer who did not play for BG until this fall, also has made a quick impression on the coaches.
Click here to read my story on how the kicking game battles have progressed this fall.
No surprise with Gates, who was an All-Mid-American Conference kickoff returner last season. Mild surprise with Burbrink in front of Jackson on punt returns, although Burbrink's good hands and shiftiness make him a natural for the job.
Bowling Green football fans can take an in-depth look at the 2012 Falcons starting today, thanks to a variety of links to preview stories ... with more to come in the next few days.
Here are some links for you to follow to learn about the Falcons ...
Click here to read a "overview" of the 2012 season, talking about the things BG needs to do to be successful and also giving a thumbnail of the team by position.
Click here to read a feature on junior quarterback Matt Schilz, focusing on areas he wishes to improve this season.
Click here to read a column by The Blade's Dave Hackenberg about DT Chris Jones, one of the top defensive linemen in the country.
The Falcons released their two-deep for the opener at Florida. Here's a position-by-position look at that depth chart.
NEW: I'll be hosting a live blog from Saturday's season opener at Florida. Click here to send yourself a reminder to join me.
A few notes and quotes from Thursday's practice, beginning with the news of the day ...
1. If you have not heard, junior running back Jordan Hopgood will be suspended for the Falcons' first game, which is Sept. 1 at Florida. Click here to read the details.
2. I've put together a story for Friday's Blade about the place-kicking situation. Here's the status of the main special teams units, according to coach Dave Clawson:
"I would say three of the four major decisions have been made," Clawson said. "Obviously Brian Schmiedebusch is our punter, and Corey Johnson is our long-snapper. Anthony Farinella will handle kickoff duties, and there continues to be a battle between Stephen Stein and Tyler Tate for the PAT-field goal job. We'll let that play out."
I asked Clawson how he came to the decision that Farinella, a freshman signed in February, would be the kickoff specialist, and he said, "He kicks it further than the other guys. That's not one of those [deep] evaluations. We've done enough kickoff drills, and when he's up he kicks the ball longer, higher and further."
3. At the end of practice both Wednesday and Thursday the Falcon coaches sent the first- and second-team players to do conditioning drills while working with the third teamers on some drills, then some formations and scrimmage work.
That's similar to what the Falcons did after Saturday's scrimmage: BG focused on the first- and second-teamers, then dismissed them for other work while scrimmaging just the third-teamers.
"I told our 'threes' and red-shirts that our priority right now is to win in 2012," Clawson said. "But we never lose sight of the fact that we want to develop the players in the program so that we're good in 2013, '14 and '15, too. So at the end of every third practice we keep those units out here, and we go through a separate individual [drill], a separate [skeleton] and pass-rush and a separate game, so we never lose sight of the fact that these guys are the future of the program. That's going to give us our next Alex Huettel, our next Fahn Cooper, our next Gabe Martin and our next Paul Swan and Ryland Ward.
"We think we have a very good freshman class, and we want to continue to develop those guys. The payoff for doing this may not show up until 2015, but that's OK."
If you don't recognize the connection between the names Clawson listed, those are all players who in the past couple of seasons (or in the case of Huettel and Cooper, THIS season ) saw extensive action as redshirt freshmen.
4. A little bit of trickery that I didn't notice right away on the practice field. The "play" clock -- the clock that forces a team to run a play in a specified amount of time -- was set at 35 seconds on Thursday. Normally it is set at 40 seconds (except in certain instances). I didn't see the Falcons struggle with the five fewer seconds, so hopefully that bodes well when BG travels to the hostile environs of "The Swamp" next week.