Smylie Kaufman was hugging the hazard line while strolling down the sixth fairway at Bay Hill on Friday, when he suddenly realized he was on a collision course with one of the reptilian denizens of the deep at Arnold Palmer¡¯s old stomping grounds.
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Unlike Cody Gribble, who got up way too close and personal with a gator (perhaps the same one?) on the same hole in Thursday¡¯s opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Kaufman ¡ª well, he preferred a much safer detour around the large lizard.
Neither golfer, it turns out, made the cut. Kaufman carded a double-bogey on the par-5 sixth after having the daylights scared out of him and got bounced from the tournament with an 11-over. Gribble, though he birdied the same hole following his dalliance with the gator, finished his two days at 6-over, with the projected cut at 3-over.
Biggest strength: In running backs Donovan Wilson and Josh Cleveland, BGSU boasts a thunder-and-lightning combination. And the Falcons proved willing to lean on the run late last year.
Biggest question mark: The pass defense should improve after a miserable fall, but will it do so enough to offset regression in run defense?
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Biggest 2017 game: The trip to Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 7 should define BGSU¡¯s expectations. Are the Falcons MAC East contenders? Are they aiming to eke out a bowl bid?
Summary: Bowling Green was truly awful for the first month of the Jinks era but showed enough improvement to make you think the Falcons will again pull off the process they have basically trademarked at this point.
Succeed, rebuild. Succeed, rebuild. No other MAC team has more thoroughly adopted the ethos of what it means to be a MAC team. You win, you lose your head coach to a bigger job, you burn everything down, and you win again.