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2019 Top 25 MAC Players: #25 Andrew Clair, RB, Bowling Green Falcons

The versatile running back will be an important piece to the Falcons’ rebound in 2019.

Versatile threat Andrew Clair is a valuable player to have when your trying to figure out as a team what it is you want to do offensively.

First-year Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler and his staff were planning on spending the time from spring ball to summer training camp figuring out what their players do best and then selecting and tailoring their schemes to match. The task only became more complicated when 2018 starting QB Jarret Doege entered the transfer portal after spring ball, and QB Bryce Veasley followed suit in in the summer.

Whatever the final plan, Andrew Clair can execute it and execute it well. Over the course of his first two seasons, Clair rushed for 1,427 yards, averaging an impressive 5.9 yards per carry (YPC), including tying for first in the MAC in YPC his freshman year with 6.8. Clair also showed he is a threat in the receiving game hauling in 32 receptions for 231 yards and 4 scores in his first two seasons. Clair is also familiar with special teams, returning 16 kickoffs his freshman year.

Regardless of how Clair is used, he should see more touches than the 154 he had last year, if healthy. With the loss of 2018 QB Doege and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 sixth-round selection WR Scott Miller, Bowling Green will need Clair to help replace the production. And with the Bowling Green Falcons returning most of its starting offensive line while trying to replace its starting QB and decrease the 40.0 points per game allowed on defense in 2018, it makes sense that a good running game could be the place to start in order to rebound in 2019.

Selected Awards and Nominations:

2019 Doak Walker Award List Nominee

2018 All-MAC Third-Team

2018 Doak Walker Award List Nominee

2018 Paul Hornung Award List Nominee

2017 All-MAC Third-Team