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Morgan, Guyton thrive in Falcons’ scrimmage

04/02/2017, 12:12am EDT
By By JOHN WAGNER BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Bowling Green quarterback throws for 2 touchdowns


Quarterback James Morgan threw a pair of touchdown passes in Bowling Green's scrimmage Saturday. BLADE PHOTO

BOWLING GREEN — There were two standouts in the Bowling Green State University football team’s scrimmage on Saturday.

One was quarterback James Morgan, who led the Falcons’ offense to points on four of the five drives he led.

“James Morgan looked like he was confident, and he was playing with great efficiency,” BG coach Mike Jinks said. “On the flip side, I don’t like how easy it was for him at times this spring.”

Morgan threw touchdown passes to Datrin Guyton and Deric Phouthavong, and he would have had a third if Scottie Miller had not dropped an open deep ball down the middle.

By comparison, the three other quarterbacks in BG’s camp — freshmen Elijah Cunningham, Jarret Doege, and Grant Loy — combined for just one touchdown and two field goals in eight drives.

“The game is starting to slow down for James, you can tell,” Jinks said. “He’s starting to pick up some presnap reads, understand the role of the secondary. …

“He knows where he’s going with the ball, and when he knows where he’s throwing the ball, he’s proven he can make every throw. So he’s playing with a ton of confidence.”

The other standout for the Falcons on Saturday was Guyton, who made several highlight-reel catches during the scrimmage.

It was the best day in a strong camp that has allowed Guyton to quickly push his way onto the Falcons’ depth chart after joining the program this spring out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.

“He has potential,” Jinks said. “We have to put some weight on him, get him in the weight room, and make him stronger. But he’s long and he’s explosive. He can be an impact player in our league.”

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Guyton said he entered this spring with simple goals.

“I was looking to be an impact player for this team,” he said. “I’m very comfortable in this offense.

“In this scrimmage me and [Morgan] were on point.”

Morgan agreed that he and Guyton have quickly made a connection this spring, adding, “[Guyton] is a really athletic guy. What really helped him was going to all of the offseason stuff and working hard there.”

A native of Manor, Texas, Guyton originally signed with Oregon State and played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, catching 14 passes for 178 yards.

But he was dismissed from the team in November of that season for a “violation of athletic department and team rules as it relates to the expectations of a student-athlete,” and he transferred to Copiah-Lincoln for the 2016 season.

He caught 31 passes for 471 yards and three touchdowns with the Wolfpack before signing with BGSU in December.

“I’m thankful to coach Jinks and the coaching staff for giving me this second chance,” Guyton said. “This school has allowed me to have a chance to prove that I’m a great player and a great person.

“You have to learn from the past, and I feel I’ve learned from my past both on and off the field.”

Croslen signs with BG

Josh Croslen signed a national letter of intent to join the BG football program this weekend.

Croslen — a 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas — originally gave a verbal commitment to Minnesota before reopening his recruiting shortly before national signing day.

Last season, Croslen was named the defensive player of the year by the San Antonio Express newspaper after making 75 tackles, including 28 for loss, to earn second-team all-state honors in Division 6A.

“I’ve known that kid since he was in seventh grade,” said Jinks, who started the football program at Cibolo Steele High School. “He’s a power five [conference]-type player, and we got a steal in signing him.”

Contact John Wagner at: jwagner@theblade.com, 419-724-6481 or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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