WKU football scrimmage

11 04 2010

I wasn’t able to get out to today’s football scrimmage at Houchens-Smith Stadium due to the WKU-South Alabama baseball game beginning at the same time.

In any event, however, our friends at the WKU sports information office provided us with the highlights of the scrimmage – so while I couldn’t be in two places at once, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t pass along what went down.

So here goes:

– The offense bounced back from a rough week of practice to basically control the flow of the scrimmage on Saturday, or so it would seem, as both the first and second team units seemed to rack up some pretty impressive numbers in both the pass and rushing games.

Junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa – who seems to be in total control of the WKU starting job at this point in the spring – went 11 of 22 for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Junior backup Tyler Bruce went 9 of 19 for 191 yards and a TD pass.

Thirteen different receivers caught passes, with tight end Jack Doyle and wideout Willie McNeal – who continues to impress this spring – each finished with three catches a piece.

In the running game, junior starter Bobby Rainey once again had a productive afternoon – rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Backups Keshawn Simpson and Braxton Miller also had some solid numbers – as Simpson racked up 85 yards and two scores on 15 carries while Miller finished with 59 yards on nine carries.

All three backs have had their moments this spring, and all three could possibly provide WKU with a very competent ground game this season. We all know what Rainey can bring to the table with his power and speed combo – but both Miller and Simpson also posses the ability to gain tough yards at the FBS level when the team needs it. Simpson and Miller aren’t nearly as quick through the hole as Rainey, but both have the physical tools to be effective – or so it would seem.

Defensively, Josh Carter led the way with seven tackles, with Thomas Majors, Ben Duvall and Kareem Peterson each tallied six stops each.  Bo Adebayo, James Hervey and John Garrett each recorded a sack, with Garrett also picking off the only pass of the scrimmage.

WKU will have a pair of practices this week before wrapping up spring drills with the annual spring game on Saturday at 6 p.m. inside Houchens-Smith Stadium.

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