WKU practice update 8/25

25 08 2010

Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart told the media this afternoon that the team officially began its preparation for the season opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5.

Taggart said the Hilltoppers – who worked out in helmets and shorts – worked against Nebraska looks on offense, defense and special teams.

“We started a little bit of preparation for Nebraska,” Taggart said. “We wanted to see some of their base stuff, so we got out and introduced Nebraska to them. Today was more of an introduction, and we’ll go from there.

“We introduced them to their offense, defense and special teams – we’ve got a little bit of extra time to prepare for them, so we started that. We’re going to keep working on our own system, but we’re going to have an official BCS gameplan next week.”

Taggart said that regardless of personnel on offense (the Cornhuskers are currently still undecided on a quarterback) or defense (the No. 8 team in the country will no longer have defensive line superstar and 2009 first round NFL Draft choice Ndamukong Suh), Nebraska is basically about one thing – playing physical.

“They’re not going to change because one guy is one or what have you, not too many teams will,” Taggart said. “Theyr’e No. 8 in the country for a reason, they did some great things last year. They’re going to have someone in their at quarterback, their offense and defense will be fine – they’ve got a great foundation.

“They’re coming to play. They’re coming to rattle somebody’s fillings. That’s what they do, that’s what we’re trying to do. And that’s why they’re good because they do that and they do it well. That’s where we’re trying to get.”

Injury update

Taggart said that injured linebacker Chuck Franks will have an MRI on his knee this evening, but just as he was Tuesday, the first-year coach wasn’t very optimistic about the results.

Franks – who was on crutches in a brace – has plenty of swelling on the knee, according to Taggart. We’ll have a full update when it becomes available.

In other news, quarterback Matt Pelesasa was taking reps again today during no-pad workouts. Pelesasa had been sitting out most of the past week due to arm soreness.




2 responses

26 08 2010

Could you give us an updated 2-deep, thanks.

26 08 2010

Nick–don’t ever leave. I enjoy your columns too much.

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