The first few years of Dave Clawson's tenure at Bowling Green were punctuated by offensive line difficulties. Roster turnover caused a significant lack of depth, and injuries along the line only amplified the issue. The problem was so bad in 2010 that Jordan Roussos had to be converted early in the season from the defensive line to the offense.
Time and excellent recruiting have ironed those problems out, and 2012 was a banner year for the Falcons' offensive line. The group allowed only 15 sacks in 13 games and paved the way for BGSU running backs to average 153.4 rushing yards per game. Their blocking helped provide an offensive punch that pushed the Falcons to the team's most wins since the 2009 season.
Senior Dominic Flewellyn was a leader of that group as a third-year starter in 2012. He served as a team captain and ultimately earned post-season recognition by being named third-team All-MAC. After playing and starting at left guard in all 13 games during the 2012 season, Flewellyn as now compiled 33 consecutive starts. He started all 12 games at right guard in 2011 and also started the final eight games of the 2010 season.
Flewellyn's experience will be very important for the interior of BGSU's front wall on offense. The team does return Chief Kekuewa (center), Alex Huettel (right guard) and Fahn Cooper (left tackle), but it has lost an important cog in Roussos, who was a three-year starter.
It is fairly rare for an offensive line to go an entire season without losing a single start, but if Flewellyn and his line-mates (and whomever replaces Roussos) can do that again in 2013, it will go a long way to helping the Falcons have a better offense in 2013.