WKU football practice 8/17

17 08 2010

A few more tidbits from this morning’s workout:

Kawaun Jakes threw probably the best deep ball I’ve ever seen him toss in his now two-plus years on campus. Jakes delivered a perfect over-the-shoulder toss to Quinterrance Cooper, who not only hauled in the pass in stride, but also took it the distance for a roughly 65-yard touchdown.

Jakes has looked more and more comfortable operating this offense with each passing day. He’s never been one to panic in the pocket, but his reads have been quick, his throws have been sharp and he still has the ability to escape trouble with his legs.

If you’d have asked me two weeks ago who the leading horse is for the WKU quarterbacking gig, I’d have said hands down that it’s Matt Pelesasa (especially after the spring he had). But if you asked me today, I’m not so sure that it’s not Jakes’ job to lose at this point.

If he can continue to develop a 20-30-yard game, Jakes simply has more physical ability to make things happen at this level right now – in my opinion. He’s quicker, faster, taller and – perhaps most importantly – has seen FBS-level defenses and just how fast things need to operate when attacking them.

It’s going to be an incredibly tough decision for Willie Taggart and company, because if there’s one thing that Pelesasa’s proven during his brief time on campus, it’s that he didn’t come here to sit the bench.

The same can really be said for true freshman Brandon Doughty, who re-affirmed today when speaking with reporters that he didn’t come here to ride the pine.

Should be an interesting remainder of the month.

– We saw a good portion of the special teams action today, specifically the punting game.

Redshirt freshman Hendrix Brakefield took most of the snaps today, and was generally up and down in terms of overall distance.

Taggart also mentioned starting kicker Casey Tinius and backup kicker Monte Merrick as possibilities at punter, but whichever player gets the job, the shoes to fill will be large as former three-year starter Jeremy Moore has graduated and won’t be around this season.

Speaking of Tinius, Taggart said that he has been nursing a groin injury. Because of that, he’s sat out of practice the past few days.

We’ll monitor that situation as it progresses.

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