Kawaun Jakes saved his best for last, and because of that, will leave the spring with the Western Kentucky starting quarterback slot firmly in his grasp.
The junior-to-be Jakes finished 10 of 16 for 157 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, winning Most Valuable Player honors and leading the White Team to a 27-11 win over the Red Team in WKU’s annual Spring Game at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
“It felt good, I wanted to come out and have fun,” said Jakes, who also rushed for 40 yards. “I did some extra studying in the film room this week and just told my dudes to go out there and have fun and we did that.”
Jakes turned in perhaps his best overall performance of the spring, as his effort Saturday came a week after a disappointing scrimmage performance left coach Willie Taggart scratching his head with regard to both Jakes and redshirt freshman Brandon Doughty.
But following the spring game effort, Taggart said that there shouldn’t be too much question of who his No. 1 quarterback will be entering fall camp.
“That’ what we expect our quarterback to do for us and he stepped up,” Taggart said. “From a leadership standpoint he did some really good things. You heard him in the huddle talking to guys, celebrating with guys. He was a different person than what he had been. And he played better because of that.
“I would say he solidified (the job) right now. But he’s still got to work and go through the summer. He stepped up to the challenge throughout spring ball and never got rattled. And it helped him having some competition knowing that Brandon was going to give him his best every day. I think that made Kawaun better.”
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