Scouting Report: WKU Offense

Well gang, once again it is time for the Gators to open their season against an overmatched opponent with little to no chance of winning. Western Kentucky is a better than average team – at the Division I-AA level but really can't compete at Florida's level. They lost to Georgia last year 48-12, and actually played pretty well. They have lost the quarterback and best runner off that team.

For some reason Western Kentucky is in the process of transitioning to Division I status so they can go from being competitive for post season play to the bottom of the barrel.

WKU Offense

The Toppers were pretty ordinary on offense last year averaging just 23.5 points a game and just 364 yards of total offense. As a result, they changed just about everything. They have a new coordinator who brought in a spread offense that is believed to be quite similar to what Florida runs. But it's hard for Florida to prepare adequately since the guy (Kevin Wright) has been a high school coach for the past 16 years.

They plan to play two quarterbacks this season, but David Wolke has outperformed K.J. Black in spring and pre-season scrimmages and should get most of the time. Wolke originally signed with Notre Dame before transferring to Western. He may be the better passer and Black the better athlete. Black is supposed to play, but he's been slowed by a hamstring strain which is not a good thing for a guy who needs to run with the ball.

Western has two runners that are both in the 5-9, 180 range in Andrew McCloud and Tyrell Haden. Both had decent numbers as backups a year ago. The O-line is just okay and should not cause the Gators much difficulty. They do have a huge RG in Chris McConnell who goes about 6-6, 325, but he's not real mobile. The rest of the line is rather pedestrian.

Wide receiver is clearly their best position and includes their best player in Curtis Hamilton who might have an outside chance to be drafted. He caught 52 passes last year for 841 yards and ten touchdowns. Jake Gaebler (36-416/2), Jesse Quinn (29-425) and Quinterrance Cooper are pretty decent targets as well. They all have decent size and speed but Hamilton is the only concern. Quinn and Cooper are Florida kids as is LG Cody Hughes.

If the Hilltoppers get into field goal range, they have a good chance to score. Senior place kicker Chris James made 13 of 17 field goals last year with a long of 54.

Overall it's hard to judge Western's offense with a new coordinator and two new quarterbacks. Obviously, that makes it hard for the Gators to prepare, but since the scheme is similar to what Florida does I think that lack of familiarity is not such a big deal. All in all it seems like they are tailor made for Florida's young defense since they don't have great talent or speed and their scheme is something they have seen every day in camp.

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