WKU football practice recap: Day one

9 08 2010

Just got back from Western Kentucky’s first official workout of the season, here were the highlights:

– WKU coach Willie Taggart still said that the team has a long way to go in terms of becoming a good football team, but he did say he was encouraged by several areas.

“We’ve got to get better, we’re not where we need to be,” he said. “But we did some good things, some of the younger guys were impressive – we’ve just got to keep stepping it up.

“Guys were fired up about camp, the older guys were lining up right – there weren’t as many guys forgetting that sort of thing, which was good.”

Several players began to hit the ground with cramps toward the end of practice due to the heat. Taggart didn’t sound completely disappointed with the overall conditioning of the club at this point, but did say that – as is usually the case – the team will have to continue to work on its overall shape over the next few weeks.

“We had some guys cramping up at the end,” he said. “We’ve still got a ways to go, we’ll have to keep working on conditioning – and now guys will have to get used to working out here with equipment on.”

QB watch

Monday marked the debut of true freshman Brandon Doughty into the quarterback conversation at WKU.

Doughty split time with sophomore Kawaun Jakes as the team’s No. 2 quarterback throughout the end of practice Monday – while junior Matt Pelesasa worked seemed to work almost exclusively with the first string.

As you recall, Pelesasa enters this spring as the player to beat – as he was impressive enough this spring to take hold of the No. 1 job.

As for Doughty, at first glance he seems to be a player that completely possesses the physical ability to succeed as a drop-back passer at this level.

His deep ball actually looks better than Jakes’ as of right now, and probably rivals what I’ve seen from Pelesasa in his short time on campus.

Taggart said Doughty was one of the incoming freshman that stood out to him on day one. But it likely wasn’t all peachy. In the limited time I saw him on the field, he performed like one would expect a true freshman to perform – very impressive one moment, and very raw the next.

Those three players will likely be the trio to watch – as former backup quarterback Tyler Bruce is officially no longer on the team.

Former Franklin-Simpson standout Courtney Dalcourt is currently still listed as a quarterback – but don’t be shocked to see him move positions before camp is over.

Definitely something we’ll keep an eye on.

Position switches

A couple of familiar faces will be in new places this year.

Former defensive back Avery Hibbitt, a junior out of Bowling Green High School, will be back at his original position of running back this year – giving WKU added depth in the back field.

Also,  junior Derrius Brooks has made the switch from receiver over to the defensive backfield. Taggart said Brooks – who did not practice on Monday due to illness – should provide the secondary with some much needed speed. One of the faster guys on the team since his freshman season, also starred on the track for WKU at one point in his career.

New faces

WKU officially introduced a handful of transfers this evening.

The incoming transfers are: former Louisville linebacker – and Manual High School product – Bo Eggers (6-1, 220, so.), former Purdue receiver Eric Williams (5-10, 195, fr.) – from Taggart’s prep alma mater Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. – and junior college transfer linebacker Tenerio Davis (6-2, 226, jr.).

Also added to the roster is former North Bullitt standout running back Dalton Cissell (5-9, 193, fr.).

Cissell and Eggers are walk-ons who can play right away this season, while Williams will have to sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules. Davis is also eligible this year, as he’s a junior college newcomer.

I’ll have a full report on the first day of practice in Tuesday’s Daily News.

Also on Tuesday, we’ll be at WKU’s 2010 media day event – so keep an eye out for info from that.




2 responses

10 08 2010
Brian Williams

Bo Eggers is going to need to be watched he will make a dfference on Defense, He looked great at U of L when they gave him a chance. Great pick up at linebacker.

10 08 2010

This website is the best thing on the internet in regards to Topper sports. I’m so glad I can delete the Haven from my favorites. Thanks, Nick!

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