WKU scrimmage report

3 04 2010

Just got back from Western Kentucky’s first full-squad scrimmage of spring practice, here’s the rundown. 

– The offense started off extremely slow over the first hour or so but eventually came to life in the second half of the session, especially in the redzone. 

After junior running back Braxston Miller ripped off a 96-yard touchdown run on an off-tackle power play – the offense found its groove in the ensuing redzone drills. 

The WKU first and second squad offensive units scored eight touchdowns over a 12-play stretch – all from the 30 and in. 

After Miller’s big run, junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa found senior receiver Quinterrance Cooper for a 25-yard touchdown pass. That was then followed by a 25-yard end-around scoring run by redshirt freshman receiver Willie McNeal.

After a sack one play later, junior quarterback Tyler Bruce hit senior receiver Seth Tamme for a 28-yard scoring pass before Miller took the next play to the house on a 28-yard scoring burst. 

McNeal then scored a pair of touchdowns in the next minute or so – the first coming on a 15-yard pass from Pelesasa, the second on a 15-yard strike from Bruce. 

Bruce then followed that up with a 15-yard scoring pass to Miller to complete the most dominant stretch of the day. 

The squad then switched to a two-minute drill from there, and the defense responded. 

Avery Hibbitt and Kareem Peterson both collected interceptions, while Ben Duvall picked up a fumble.

So all in all, a pretty balanced day. 

Bobby Rainey was the lone bright spot for the offense early on, as he rushed for over 120 yards on 15 carries before sitting most of the second part of the scrimmage out and giving way to Miller in the backfield. 

Defensively, the biggest plays were made up front – as the unit collected 11 sacks in total on the afternoon. 

– Here’s a look at the first-team units on both sides of the ball Saturday

Defense:

Defensive ends: sophomore Quanterus Smith and junior Jared Clendenin

Defensive tackles: sophomore Korentheus Baily and sophomore Brandon Whitty

Outside linebackers: senior Orlando Misaalefua (a former safety) and senior Chris Bullard

Middle linebacker: sophomore Josh Carter

Safeties: senior John Garrett and junior Mark Santoro

Cornerbacks: sophomore Jamal Forrest and senior Avery Hibbitt. 

Offense:

Quarterback: junior Matt Pelesasa

Running back: junior Bobby Rainey

Fullback: senior Rod Johnson

Wide receivers: junior Derrius Brooks and sophomore Marcus Vasquez

Tight end: sophomore Jack Doyle

Offensive line: junior Wes Jeffries, senior Preston King, senior Derrick Elder, sophomore Seth White and redshirt freshman Sean Conway. 

– As far as injuries go, Vasquez limped off early in the day and spent the rest of the afternoon with an ice bag around his left leg. 

Misaalefua also limped off, his injury looked more serious though, as he spent the remainder of practice on crutches with his left foot wrapped up. 

– The scrimmage was stopped midway through the workout as legendary former coach Jimmy Feix came onto the field and addressed the team as a whole – Feix was greeted with a standing ovation by all players and coaches. 

– I’ll have a full report with quotes in Sunday’s Daily News.

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