Falcons hold final spring practice of ’09

Andrew Harner and Andrew Harner

Coach Dave Clawson and the Falcon football team held their final spring practice yesterday, making final preparations for Saturday’s Spring Game. Sharon sighting Former Falcon wide receiver Charles Sharon was on hand for yesterday’s practice, visiting BG from Florida to train in hopes of getting invited to an NFL camp. Standing on the sidelines of Doyt Perry Stadium, Sharon said he liked what he was seeing from Clawson’s new system. With that new system, Sharon is hopeful the team can win the Mid-American Conference. But before Sharon can watch the regular season, he will be on hand Saturday for the Spring Game. ‘I have to be out here Saturday,’ Sharon said with a smile, later saying, ‘I miss Bowling Green so bad.’ O-Line progressing Clawson has plenty of contenders for the voids left on the offensive line by Brandon Curtis and Jeff Fink last season and has been using the spring to find the right fits. ‘We’ve been trying to develop, whether it’s Blaec Walker, Tyler Donahue or really a bunch of guys,’ Clawson said. Clawson also mentioned the play of Scott Albert and Tim German at the right guard position. But while spring is a nice time for development and evaluating talent, once the season rolls around, it is important for the line to have set rotation. ‘Playing O-line, you get used to playing next to certain people with certain combinations, and we have to make sure we’re able to work all the combinations,’ Clawson said. The Falcons return redshirt sophomore Ben Bojicic and seniors Shane Steffy and Brady Minturn as starters from last season. Spring scoring For the Spring Game, the scoring system will likely be unfamiliar to most fans, as it will be offense versus defense instead of Orange versus Brown. On offense, the team will earn regular offense points plus one point for every first down. It’s on defense where the scoring gets tricky. Naturally, the defense scores six points for a defensive touchdown, but they also earn six points for a turnover, three points for a three-and-out, two points for forcing a punt and two points for a turnover on downs. While Clawson said he has used this scoring system before, it’s not something he necessarily brings with him to all his coaching stops, citing two reasons for its use Saturday. ‘Number one is depth. We are not two-deep at every position. There are some positions where if one guy would get hurt, we couldn’t do it,’ Clawson said, later adding that some positions don’t have a clear first team player yet. A full preview of the Spring Game will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The BG News.