The saga continues.
Striking nearly every point of the continent from Texas Tech to Charlotte, the next point in our Q & A section directs us to Bowling Green, where we welcome Falcons defensive tackle Zach Colvin in to discuss life in the MAC, along with plans for 2015’s upcoming season.
Following his stint at Eastern Illinois, Dino Babers eagerly awaits his second trip through as the Bowling Green head coach. How has his style of coaching and scheme in itself benefitted you guys since he’s taken over?
Everything about Coach Babers is “up-tempo.” His coaching style is unique. He believes in building his team into one big family. Everyone is always in the loop about what is going on in the program. This has greatly improved our team chemistry. Now that we are in year two, I think his vision for Bowling Green Football will start to become clear. With the offensive players returning and coach’s offensive knowledge, we are really going to click on offense this year.
AK: As tough it must have been missing a majority of the season last year due to injuries, what’s the preparation and anticipation alike been, knowing you’ll be full go for 2015?
ZC: The anticipation is off the charts! It feels like I haven’t played in a real game in forever. Having been through everything that happened this past season, it really made me thankful for the opportunity I have to play college football. Now that I am fully recovered, it’s time to go out there and play. I am a year older, wiser and stronger… last season could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
AK: You were inserted into an article as one of the Top 15 strongest players in regards to the entire nation as a whole. How has your progress in the weight room transitioned into your success on the field?
ZC: I am truly a believer that games are won in the weight room and in the off-season. When I came to Bowling Green I was a 250 lb defensive lineman. Now after 4 year of training I am nearly 300 lbs and more athletic than I have ever been. As a defensive lineman the game is all about being powerful (strong and fast). In order to be successful you cannot take days off in the weight room. The last time I played a full season for BGSU was in 2013. That season I was playing at around 280 pounds. Since then, I have gained 20 pounds of good weight and have increased my core lifts (bench, squat, clean) tremendously. I am excited to go out there and show myself what I can do after making these gains in the weight room.
AK: The MAC has produced some potent offenses and to touch on that further, some solid quarterbacks. In your opinion, who are a few of the toughest that you’ve had to gameplan for in your tenure as a Falcon?
ZC: This is a great question. The two toughest quarterbacks we’ve had to game plan for over the past few years were Jordan Lynch and Tyler Tettelton. We played Tettelon three years in a row and man, was he a good player. They had several offensive weapons and he could run and pass–he was a nightmare for us in the Mac East every year. Jordan Lynch and NIU in 2013 were extremely talented. They were ranked number 11 I believe when we played them in the championship. Lynch could do EVERYTHING. He is one of the best college football players the MAC has ever had. We had the most extensive game plan that week. If he did this… we change the defensive, but his he does this… we check to this… etc. It was just short of extreme. We have also played in my time at BGSU: Geno Smith (West Virginia), Logan Thomas (Va Tech), Zach Dysert (Miami OH), Chandler Harnish(NIU), Dak Prescott (Miss St), Nate Sudfeld (Indiana) who all were at one time or will be NFL QBs.
AK: The offense has evolved into a prototypical quick-strike offense that hoards some lethal, key skill players. What’s that like as a defensive player to know that you guys can muster 40-50 points on a given night?
ZC: As a defense you know that it’s not the end of the world if you let up some points. We can rely on the offense to score 40 points a game. If we let up 28 points it’s not the end of the world. Yes, we strive to shut the other team out every game, but we have faith that our offense is going to go out there and get it done every single week.