Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks says his team has added offensive lineman John Kurtz. Kurtz has transferred into the program after beginning his career at Cincinnati. BLADE PHOTO
CANTON, Ohio — The Bowling Green State University football program has added offensive lineman John Kurtz, a graduate transfer from the University of Cincinnati, according to head coach Mike Jinks.
Jinks was participating in the Mid-American Conference football preview, which was held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Kurtz graduated from Cincinnati last spring and still has one year of eligibility. He did not redshirt for the Bearcats, which means he can play for the Falcons either this year or next.
“He played spring football for Cincinnati and was in the rotation for playing time on the offensive line,” Jinks said. “He’s a kid who has a chance to have an impact right away.
“The opportunity is there for him to play right away for us. This is a big ‘get’ for us.”
The offensive line is expected to be a position of strength for BG thanks to the return of veteran players such as senior center Tim McAuliffe and senior left tackle Ryan Hunter, among others.
“I’m not giving anybody anything,” Jinks said. “We have a lot of young guys like Caleb Bright and Tim Blair who will compete for playing time as well.
“It allows us to perhaps redshirt newcomers, and gives us better depth up front."