Biggest Questions for Bowling Green Heading Into Spring
You would not think that after a season like the Falcons had they would have many questions but a coaching change can cause that. Head coach Dino Babers replaced Dave Clawson when he left to take the same position with Wake Forest.
1. Will Coach Dino Babers and his staff's system translate to BG's personnel?
Babers is known for his fast-paced and explosive offenses but that is the exact opposite of what the Falcons have been used to in recent years. They have been a team with a dominant defense and an offense that can make plays when it is needed. Last year's Falcon offense showed some promise in that category towards the later half of the year with speed on the outside in freshman Ronnie Moore, Ryan Burbrink and size in senior Chris Gallon the addition of SMU transfer Gehrig Dieter will also beef up this already talented Falcon's receiving core.
2. Can quarterback Matt Johnson make the step to an elite MAC quarterback?
BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson out-played Jordan Lynch in the MAC championship as he threw for 393 yards and five touchdowns. This offense will depend on Johnson building off of that performance and becoming the next elite MAC quarterback joining the likes of Lynch and Roethlisberger. If he improves this year with the weapons he has surrounding him he can lead this team back to the MAC title game and possibly a BCS bowl if they can win a difficult game at Wisconsin on Sept. 20.
3. How will the secondary recover?
This Bowling Green secondary was never big on forcing interceptions and turnovers but it was a secondary based on not giving up the big plays and allowing its front seven to attack the oppositions quarterback. That may change as the Falcons graduated four seniors from the secondary, including standout safety Boo-Boo Gates and starting corner Aaron Foster. Their recruiting class is full of speedy defensive backs but they also return experienced defensive backs like Ryland Ward, Brian Sutton and Jude Adjei-Barimah. The Falcons have not given up many rushing yards in recent years, but if they can't rebuild their secondary it may be a long year.
Those three questions will need to be answered this offseason if the Falcons plan on repeating as MAC champions come next fall. As of now they are my favorites to repeat because of the strength in their receiving core and front seven, but the MAC is full of surprises every year.