Bowling Green Offensive Line Improves With Commitment From OG McAuliffe

By Jake Boyle

Bowling Green‘s pass-heavy offense was hampered last season by an offensive line that ranked no.67 in sacks allowed nationwide.  The porous Bowling Green offensive line allowed just over two sacks a game in 2011.  Falcons coach Dave Clawson seems to be looking to remedy this for his 2013 recruiting class.  Clawson recently received his third commitment from an offensive lineman when he got word that Lemont (Il.) High School offensive guard Tim McAuliffe would be suiting up for the Falcons in 2013.

The tough 6-2, 270 pound McAuliffe can play both guard and tackle, but is most comfortable at the guard position.  After turning down offers from Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky, he will be forced to make an adjustment from the run-heavy Lemont offense to the pass oriented Bowling Green system.  His length and flexibility will undoubtedly be assets in this situation.

McAuliffe will be joining fellow Midwesterner Clark Clancy from Avondale (Mi.) High School who committed to Bowling Green on July 10.  A 6-4, 270 pound offensive tackle turned down offers from Akron and Western Michigan to bring his mobility and athleticism to the Falcons’ offensive line in 2013.  His adept down field blocking and balance along the line may make him an easier fit for pass protection at a collegiate level than McAuliffe.

The third offensive lineman currently in the 2013 class is offensive guard Ryan Hunter from Canisius (NY.) High School, who committed to Bowling Green in late June.  At 6-4, 320 Hunter is by far the largest of Clawson’s offensive line commits.  Questions still remain about his speed and he may not receive as many opportunities to contribute as Clancy or McAuliffe.

In addition to the three linemen, Clawson has helped his passing game by landing a commitment from wide receiever Mike Rogers.  The 6-1, 185 pound receiver from Bishop Luers High in Fort Wayne, Indiana is so far the top prospect in Bowling Green’s 2013 recruiting class.  His size and speed have many anticipating Rogers to make an early impact for the Falcons.  He committed to Bowling Green on June 14.

Bowling Green lost it’s season opener to Florida, 27-14.  They host Idaho this Saturday.

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