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Morgan expected to start at quarterback for Bowling Green

10/02/2017, 12:06pm EDT
By By JOHN WAGNER BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Doege injured in last game so sophomore could get nod vs. Miami


Bowling Green quarterback James Morgan throws a pass during the team's opener vs. Michigan State. Morgan is expected to start at QB for the Falcons on Saturday after Jarret Doege was injured during the last game vs. Akron. BLADE PHOTO

BOWLING GREEN — Early signals indicate sophomore James Morgan will start at quarterback when the Bowling Green State University football team plays Saturday at Miami (Ohio).

True freshman Jarret Doege, who started the past two games for the 0-5 Falcons, was injured catching a pass in the first quarter of BG’s 34-23 loss to Akron last week.

Doege was in uniform for the Falcons practice Monday, but saw limited action. Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks said Doege is day-to-day and is listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s game, which will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.

“I’m not going to drag the decision out,” Jinks said Monday. “If the kid can’t throw by [Tuesday], he’s not going to play.”

The good news was Doege’s injury is not considered season-ending.

“It’s a short-term deal,” Jinks said. “He’s got a lot of football left in his career, so we’re going to be very cautious with this decision.”

Doege completed 6-of-9 passes for 14 yards before he was replaced by Morgan, who connected on 17-of-28 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. But Morgan also threw a pick-six in the fourth quarter that effectively ruined the Falcons chances to beat the Zips.

“He put us in a position to be in the game,” Jinks said of Morgan. “He did some positive things, but he made the big mistake late in the game.

“But we’ll get him ready to go, and he’ll be ready to compete on Saturday.”

Jinks said Morgan was a little more accurate against Akron than he was in his first three starts this season.

“That helped him complete more than 60 percent of his passes,” Jinks said of Morgan. “But there were so many little things [we did not do] …

“We put ourselves in a position to get a win, but we didn’t get it done.”

ALSO: Jinks said program needs to “stay the course” to overcome an 0-5 start.

Contact John Wagner at jwagner@theblade.com419-724-6481, or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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