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Clay Rolf is enjoying his summer.

The fifth-year senior offensive tackle at Bowling Green State University is not only enjoying spending time with his Falcons teammates, he’s also earning a paycheck.

“We lift in the mornings and do drills and whatnot in the afternoons,” Rolf said. “I’m also working for my grandpa a little bit during the day, doing some plumbing. Fun days.”

Rolf, 23, who was redshirted at BGSU as a freshman coming out of Eastwood in 2010, won’t complete his schooling this fall, but his football career will most likely come to an end. He’s accepted it. In fact, he’s relishing his last season for the orange and brown.

“It’s gone by fast, extremely fast,” Rolf said. “I look back and it feels like a long time, but it’s been fun.”

The Falcons kick off the season Aug. 29 at Western Kentucky, and Rolf expects BGSU to do just as well or better than last season, when it finished 10-4 and 7-1 in the Mid-American Conference and won the MAC championship, beating 14th-ranked Northern Illinois for the title. The Falcons lost to Pitt, 30-27, in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

“I’m very much looking forward to get this season rolling,” Rolf said. “We have a great group of guys and we’ve been working hard this summer. We have a lot of good things going for us. We’re just going to keep working and be ready to play.

“We’re a pretty veteran team all around. We have a lot of guys who like to work and love football, and that definitely helps. We want to win. Right now we’re focused on getting through the summer and getting stronger and faster and getting ready for Western Kentucky. We’re focused on competing and we are excited for the season.”

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Rolf, the son of Chip and Debbie Rolf, played in all 14 games last season as the team’s short long-snapper on field goals and extra points. He also rotated in at offensive tackle in every game. Coaches have told him he will do the same this season.

“I’ll play more at left tackle, but wherever they need me,” Rolf said. “I’m the lightest (player) on the whole offensive line, or one of the lightest. I have to just keep working. Both starting tackles are back (redshirt sophomores Jacob Bennett and Logan Dietz) and they are both really good. I’m just going to compete and work my butt off. Whatever the coaches think puts us in the best position to win, that’s all I care about.”

Rolf is on schedule to earn his degree in middle childhood education next spring, and he said he wants to be a school teacher and a football coach. But for now, he’s going to enjoy his final season with the Falcons.

“Hopefully I can get a job somewhere around here,” Rolf said. “I’m not looking too far ahead. I’m enjoying football and college right now. I want to soak this all up. I’m having too much fun. This is such a great group of guys, I’m just loving it right now.”

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