The Falcons are preparing for Saturday's contest against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. Here is a look at a few notes and quotes as we get ready for Saturday's meeting with the Hoosiers:
- First, a look at the depth chart shows very few differences from last week. Actually, that's not true: the depth charge is unchanged from last week to this week.
There are a few players to keep an eye on, though. Senior center David "Chief" Kekuewa suffered a leg injury late in Saturday's game, although he was smiling and standing on the BG sidelines (unattended) before the game was over. Among the players who were not in uniform for the contest are senior running back Jordan Hopgood and junior defensive end Charlie Walker, but both remain on the depth chart.
Also among the missing are freshman wide receiver Jermal Hosley and junior cornerback Darrell Hunter, whose injuries suffered earlier this season could be potentially season-ending.
- Coach Dave Clawson gave a lot of the credit for the struggles of the BG defense in the first half to the Golden Flashes. “I really give a lot of credit to Kent State’s offensive staff,” he said. “They really kept us off-balance and had us unsettled. Fortunately our offense always responded. … In the second half I thought our defense settled down. We were a lot better with our assignments, and we were able to get off the field.”
- Clawson also hinted that the Indiana offense, which has scored 108 points in its first two games, will be a challenge for the Falcons. “We will find out a lot about our defense this week,” Clawson said. “This is a different style than we have faced. We’re on the road in a Big Ten stadium against a team that has moved the ball against everybody. It’s going to be a big challenge for our defense.”
- Clawson talked about senior Aaron Foster, who has moved from safety to cornerback this season. “He’s a physical corner for us who has good ball skills,” Clawson said of Foster. “We’re happy with how he’s playing. He’s getting more comfortable every day he’s out there. There are certain things he needs to get better at, but overall we’re very pleased with how he is playing for us.”
In the Falcons first two games Foster has made five tackles, broken up one pass and recovered a fumble.
- Matt Johnson also was one of eight quarterbacks nationally who received Manning Award national "star of the week" status. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, features a weekly fan vote to select the Manning Award "player of the week." Click here to go to the site and vote for Johnson.