WKU practice update 8/19

19 08 2010

A few notes from Western Kentucky’s morning workout:

– Junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa was in shoulder pads this morning, but did sit out the majority of the workout due to a sore arm.

Coach Willie Taggart held Pelesasa out of most of the team’s 11 on 11 drills during Wednesday’s workout as a precaution. Taggart said he told Pelesasa to take the morning off as well, in hopes of giving the arm more rest.

The junior college transfer is expected to be back in full action during WKU’s second workout of the day this evening, however, Taggart confirmed this morning.

As was the case on Wednesday, true freshman quarterback Brandon Doughty earned an extra batch of live reps in Pelesasa’s absence.

Doughty continued to show an exceptional ability to throw the ball 20-30 yards down the field – hitting several receivers in stride while looking very poised within the huddle.

My gut still says that Doughty gets a redshirt this season, but if he progresses naturally this year, Taggart and company should have an extremely difficult decision to make in 2011 when it comes to choosing a starting quarterback.

– Junior running back Bobby Rainey spent a good portion of this morning’s workout with an ice bag on his left shoulder.

Taggart said that Rainey fell on the shoulder awkwardly this morning while attempting to catch a pass.

“He had sprained that shoulder earlier in this summer and he just landed on it (awkwardly),” Taggart said. “He’ll be all right, he’ll be fine and back out here (tonight).”

– Taggart, along with WKU  athletic director Ross Bjork, were invited for dinner on Wednesday night at the home of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in Frankfort.

Taggart said he enjoyed the experience overall, and felt as if he’s sort of ‘hit the big time.’

“That was big time,” Taggart said. “It was exciting. To get invited up there, that doesn’t happen very often. I had all my questions ready because you don’t get to talk to the governor everyday – he and his wife are both great, both really down to Earth people.

“I felt like I arrived a little bit, walked around with my chest out and had some pep in my step after that.”

The menu last night? Steak and potatoes.

“We were keeping it country in the governor’s mansion,” Taggart laughed.

Taggart also added that it’s been extra special for him recently to be in the same company of Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Kentucky coach Joker Phillips as the lone trio of African-American FBS coaches within the same state.

“Last night was a big deal,” Taggart said. “And it’s a big deal for this state to have three African-American head coaches – no where else in the country can say that. That speaks volumes about where we’ve come as a state here in Kentucky and where we’re going.”

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3 responses

20 08 2010
Sean

Hey, I noticed a lot of players that have disappeared from the WKU roster in the Fall Media Guide. Any idea if any of these guys are returning?

QB Tyler Bruce
RB’s Brandon Pierce, Joe Montano and Larry Taugher
TE’s OJ Bell and Clay Cunningham
OL’s Paul Millay, Tyler Matthews, James Rusin, Jeremy White & Logan Massengale
LB’s Marquise Burns, Chris Riggs, Chris Brice and Connor O’Banion
DB Clint Mitchell

Thanks

20 08 2010
Nick Baumgardner

Sean,

During the transition from the David Elson staff to the Willie Taggart staff, several players with remaining eligibility chose not to return or were asked not to return by the new staff.
Though roster turnover in today’s college football world (regardless of a coaching change) is hardly rare, as you almost always see a good handful of players leave the program for a multitude or reasons (remember, at the FBS level, 85 players have scholarships and several others are invited onto the squad as walk-ons – so when you have over 100 players each year, you’re bound to lose some each year in the shuffle).
None of those players are currently on the roster, and no, they won’t be returning.

21 08 2010
TooperFan

Great updates….. I also believe that Doughty will be redshirt and will compete for the starting job next year. I feel Coach Taggart will have a very tough decision in 2011. I watched Doughty a few times during practice and I am very impressed with him. He is young and knowing the Pro West Coast offense is not easy. Pro players have trouble with this offense this young man just walked on campus a few months ago. I feel a whole year him learning and growing would benefit him and the program. Very promising future for WKU. This young man could be the face of WKU football. Keep up the great work.

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