Taggart talks defense

8 04 2010

For the second consecutive practice, Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart came away from the workout impressed with his defense and semi-frustrated with his offense.

Specifically with the defense, Taggart once again said how impressed he’s been with the unit’s communication skills thus far – as he says the group has really started to take in new defensive coordinator Clint Bowen’s 4-3 scheme maybe quicker than he had anticipated.

Taggart said players are no longer having issues about where to line up and where to go on specific calls, and that they are now getting comfortable enough with the basics that people are starting to make plays.

Some of the notables that Taggart pointed out today that he’s been especially impressed with lately are defensive ends Jared Clendenin and Bo Adebayo, along with inside linebacker Thomas Majors and cornerback Avery Hibbitt.

Clendenin has been a mainstay on the the defensive line since arriving at WKU two years ago, while Adebayo showed flashes of his potential at times last season but more often than not seemed to get lost in the shuffl.e

Majors had a breakout year as a junior college transfer in 2009 for WKU, leading the team in tackles and quite often looking like one of the few players on the field the opposition had difficulty handling.

Perhaps the most surprising nod from Taggart was Hibbit. The former Bowling Green High School standout running back has had a trying career at best at WKU, being shuffled from the offensive backfield midway through his career over to the defensive backfield.

But Hibbitt had a positive spring and fall camp last season and found his way onto the field from time to time during 2009. It appears that a fine start to this season – which could only be improved by a steady performance during fall camp – could earn Hibbitt some serious playing time as a junior to be.

Most around here remember Hibbitt as the player who finished his prep career with the Purples as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Always known for his speed, Hibbitt has seemingly been limited by his size (just 5-9, 185) throughout the early stages of his college career.

But for those with local rooting interests, Hibbitt could be a player to watch this season in a very wide-open race at the corner position.

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8 04 2010
Ed Watkins

Thanks so much for your reporting on WKU. You’re the best reporter we’ve ever had covering WKU sports for the Daily News. Hope you hang around BG for awhile, but expect you’ll be moving on soon.

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