- First, a look at the depth chart shows no changes from last week. However, it’s worth remembering that last week’s depth chart listed Charlie Walker as the starter at defensive end, and Walker did not play against Indiana.
One player that bears watching is junior rover Gabe Martin, who suffered a leg injured early in the Indiana loss and did not return. Another is freshman running back Fred Coppet, who injured his hip late in that game. BG officials said doctors are still trying to pinpoint the severity of Coppet’s injury. And Walker remains on the depth chart as well.
- BG quarterback Matt Johnson said he and his teammates learned at least one lesson from the loss to Indiana. “It shows us that we’re not bullet-proof,” he said. “We have to come out and we have to execute. We have to execute the game plan the way we know how. We missed too many little assignments for us to win the game. All those little assignments added up to a butt-whipping.”
- After Saturday’s game, Johnson rated his performance as “average.” “I made some decent throws, but I missed some wide-open throws,” he said. “I threw the deep ball pretty poorly. Overall I didn’t think I was that bad that I hurt us, but I didn’t think that I helped us, either.”
- Clawson said he was disappointed that the Falcons didn’t take advantage of the opportunities Indiana presented. “I thought we made plays, and we moved the football,” he said of the offense. “But [Jordan Hopgood] dropped a pass down the middle, and that could have been a touchdown. We had Alex Bayer open in the corner, but we had a protection breakdown. If we hold up there we might have had another score. We just were off. We didn’t produce any big plays in the course of our offense, and the plays we had designed as big plays, we didn’t execute.”
- Clawson said there are two ways teams make “explosive” plays. “The one is with players, who in the course of a normal offensive play make a guy miss and make a big play,” he said. “The other is that you design something. You see something they do and you think you can create space. We probably had six or seven shots [against Indiana] where, if we block it up, throw it and catch it, we have a guy open deep. And we were 0-for-7 [connecting on those shots]. You are probably never going to go 7-for-7, but if you’re an efficient offense you’re hitting at least four or five of those. And we hit none of them.”
- Clawson was asked Monday about the Falcons’ lack of interceptions to this point in the season. “We now have played three games, and teams have thrown the ball against us close to 100 times – and not only have we not ‘picked’ it, we haven’t had a lot of ball disruptions, a lot of pass break-ups,” he said. “I don’t feel it’s because of the scheme. Last year we were good at turning the ball over, and we’re running a similar scheme with similar players.
“The last two weeks we have played against some accurate quarterbacks who had time to throw. Part of getting a pick is creating pressure and disrupting timing and getting a quarterback to throw in uncomfortable spots. Certainly in the Indiana game we did not pressure the quarterback well at all. If we would have played on a dirt field, he would have had a clean jersey.”
Last season the Falcons finished with 10 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
- Finally, Clawson spoke about the mood of the team during its practice Sunday (the team was off Monday). “Our players were certainly disappointed with how they played,” he said. “But if you take a loss like that early in the season, it’s an opportunity for a great teachable moment. Hats off to Indiana, they played well. … But on the flip side, we did not execute as well as we need to – and as well as we did the first two weeks.”