As the Bowling Green Falcons prepare for their bowl game against the Pitt Panthers, the team has to feel confident that the team will make a smooth transition into the 2014 season. With the departure of former head coach Dave Clawson to Wake Forest, the Falcons will have to rely on key players to take the pressure off newly hired head coach Dino Babers. One of the players that Babers can count on next year will be standout running back, Travis Greene.
Greene exploded onto the scene in 2013 with a remarkable season. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound sophomore was not afraid to run between the tackles and gashed opposing defenses for 1,555 yards and 11 touchdowns. Greene’s 6.0 yards per carry put the Falcons offense into third down and short situations which allowed quarterback Matt Johnson to utilize the play action passing game.
Greene had nine games in which he rushed for over 100 yards and down the Falcons final stretch run, seemed to get stronger as the season wore on. In Bowling Green’s last five games of the year (including the MAC Championship game) which were all victories, Greene torched opposing defenses for 649 yards (129.8 yards per game) and six touchdowns.
Babers,who is highly regarded as a great offensive mind, will most certainly implement new innovative ways to get Greene the football in 2014. Babers was an assistant with Baylor under head coach Art Briles from 2008-11. If the Baylor Bears are any indication of what Babers can bring to Bowling Green, then running back Travis Greene can be a potential 2,000 yard rusher for the Falcons next season.
Only time will tell.