RB Andrews could play Saturday; TE Jones done for season

14 09 2010

Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart said Tuesday that former Kentucky Mr. Football Antonio Andrews could see his first action on the field as a Hilltopper Saturday when WKU hosts Indiana at 4 p.m. inside Houchens-Smith Stadium.

Andrews, who enrolled at WKU midway through fall camp, worked out at running back Tuesday with the backup offense – and according to Taggart, if he can pick things up quickly, he could see some time on the field come gameday.

“If he’s ready and he shows that he can learn the offense and do some of the things we want him to, he will,” Taggart said.

Andrews had spent the previous two game weeks with the scout teams, working off play cards to give an opposing look to the WKU defense.

Now comes the hard part, though, as he’ll have to show he can make things happen in the Hilltopper offense the way he did during a prep quarterbacking career that saw him rack up 3,368 yards on the ground to go along with 56 rushing touchdowns.

“He’s been getting a chance since he’s been here, he’s shown us some of the things he can do,” Taggart said. “But before it was off cards, now he’s going to have to show that he can memorize things and show that he’s ready to do it.

“If he’s not ready, then we won’t play him.”

Jones tears MCL

Taggart confirmed some bad news for his football team Tuesday when he stated that junior tight end Tristan Jones would be lost for the season after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Saturday’s loss at Kentucky.

Jones was injured on the game’s second play from scrimmage following a seven-yard reception against the Wildcats.

“Tristan is done,” Taggart said. “He’s got to have surgery on his knee.”

The primary backup for starting sophomore Jack Doyle, Jones has two catches for 25 yards this season. For his career, the former George Rogers Clark standout has totalled 13 catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Coming Wednesday

I’ll have a feature in Wednesday’s Daily News on WKU senior inside linebacker Chris Bullard – who split time between football and baseball this past spring.

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3 responses

14 09 2010
TopperFan

Nike playing Andrews is very interesting. Andrews just showed up midway thru fall camp and is playing. Is he playing RB or backing up as QB? So he understands the West Coast Pro offense within a month of camp? Playing Andrews I gurantee it will be interesting chatter within the locker room. If they want another playmaker on offense how about Doyle. He has been absent in two games straight. This is the kid that was choosen first during the player lottery during spring game and he has a total of what 3 catches. Maybe he is getting more attention from the other team but coaches need to figure out how to get him the ball. Like what they are doing for Andrews. Andrews is unproven Doyle is proven.

14 09 2010
Nick Baumgardner

TopperFan,

If Andrews in fact plays (Taggart wasn’t 100 percent on it as of Tuesday), it’ll be as a running back, not quarterback. Though it wouldn’t shock me at any point in his career (maybe not necessarily Saturday) to see him line up in some sort of ‘wildcat’ formation.

Nick

15 09 2010
TopperFan

Thanks Nick…..

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