A few notes to pass along from this morning’s Western Kentucky football scrimmage.
I’ll have a full story in Sunday’s Daily News, but here’s a few quick-hitters.
– The offense was basically non-existent for the first hour and a half of the two-hour workout.
Neither Kawaun Jakes nor Brandon Doughty did much to speak of, partly because the wide receiver position is still extremely thin (and tight end Jack Doyle didn’t play much), and partly because the defense dominated.
Both quarterbacks had several balls dropped, but both also made several poor throws.
Jakes did have a few nice runs, however, something that we didn’t see a whole lot of last season – and something that may well end up keeping him as the starter when all is said and done.
Jakes’ athletic ability is far superior to Doughty’s, as it was with Matt Pelesasa last season – and if he decides to run the ball himself more this season, it could prove to be an added weapon for the Hilltopper offense.
– Bobby Rainey was much more active Saturday than he was during last week’s scrimmage, where he hardly ran through any drills at all.
Rainey was wearing the yellow jersey once again, which means he wasn’t supposed to take any live hits, but even so he racked up more than 100 yards and scored twice.
Neither backups Tevin Bryant or Keshawn Simpson showed much of anything, but a one-handed Antonio Andrews certainly did.
Andrews was playing with a club on his right hand due to an injury, but did manage to rip off a sparkling 69-yard touchdown run that saw him bull over and around about six would-be-tacklers.
– The defense was stellar for most of the afternoon.
The unit played without starting corners Tyree Robinson and Arius Wright, who were both nursing minor bumps and bruises, but it didn’t matter.
Redshirting defensive back Jon Dowling was all over the field at cornerback, safety Kiante Young was physical for most of the day and inside linebacker Tye Golden showed why he seems to be distancing himself as the team’s first-string inside backer.
The defensive line as a whole dominated basically all afternoon. Jamarcus Allen was in the backfield more often than not, and both the first and second units seemed to have their way at the line of scrimmage.
– Kicker Casey Tinius banged through a 51-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal during the scrimmage. Something that should prove to be a nice confidence boost for him after his struggles last season.
– Offensive tackle Ed Hazelett was helped off the field after suffering what seemed to be an injury to his right leg. He did not return, but was able to walk the sidelines under his own power. So we’ll have to monitor that one.
– Again, I’ll have a full story on the scrimmage in Sunday’s Daily News.