Here what Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson had to say Monday morning about Saturday’s game with Wyoming. Clawson spoke on the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference.
–On Wyoming’s offense: “They’re very explosive. To have over 600 yards of offense (against Texas State) is almost unheard of. They’re very, very difficult to defend.”
–On UW senior cornerback Tashaun Gipson: “He might be as good as any corner we see this year.”
–On UW true freshman quarterback Brett Smith: “He can beat you with his arm, and he finds ways to make plays with his feet. … He’s a good player. He makes some tremendous throws.”
–Bowling Green was 2-10 last season and off to a 2-0 start this season with wins at Idaho and last week at home against FCS foe Morgan State. After hosting UW, Bowling Green plays at conference foe Miami (Ohio). Last season, three of the Falcons’ first four games were at Tulsa, at Troy and at Michigan.
–UW and Bowling Green have taken similar paths the last few years. Both hired new head coaches in 2009, and both went to bowl games that season. Last season, UW was 3-9 while Bowling Green was 2-10. Both squads are 2-0 heading into Saturday’s game.
–Bowling Green has 54 players that are true or redshirt freshmen, and another 27 that are either true or redshirt sophomores.
–First-year UW offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon returns to Bowling Green where he was the head coach from 2003-08 and led the Falcons to three bowl games and four winning seasons. He also was an assistant at Bowling Green from 2001-02 for former coach Urban Meyer: “These guys are very appreciative of what coach Brandon did for them,” Clawson said. “I’m appreciative he brought some of these players here. We’re a very young team, so there’s not a lot of guys on the team team anymore that (Brandon) recruited.”
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for UW-Bowling Green coverage.