HILLTOPPERS HAVE SPIRITED PRACTICE

The Hilltoppers worked two hours for the second practice of preseason camp on Tuesday afternoon. The players' competitive fervors were in full force all afternoon!

Tuesday's practice was spirited and extremely competitive. The second practice of camp was just as fast paced and intense as the first. It was again scorching hot and players fought through the heat well. The Hilltoppers are a well-conditioned football team.


This picture does not do justice for this outstanding play made by SO LB #6 Blake Boyd.


DB #9 Rashad Etheridge makes a play.


QB David Wolke during passing drills.


Head Coach David Elson celebrates with the defense after a big play.


JR LB Alonzo Higgins receives instruction from ILB Coach Cary Marquell.


RS FR QB #7 K.J. Black breaks off a long run.


FR LB #46 Braxston Miller executes a punt block drill.

It is too early in camp to project a depth chart. Everyone is getting reps and getting a chance to show what they can do. On any team, there are players that have been staples on the field and it does not take a PhD. to know they will play. However, for positions in doubt, the players filling those spots will be determined when it's gut check time in full pads!

A position of high interest is quarterback. Quarterbacks David Wolke and K.J. Black are in a battle to see who gets the starting nod against Florida. Both are doing well and getting plenty of reps. This will definitely be a position battle to keep an eye on throughout camp.

Running backs #1 Tyrell Hayden, #34 Andrew McCloud, # 41 Marell Booker, all made nice runs. True Frosh #26 Avery Hibbit, had a nice run as well. Wide receivers #85 Jamar Jones and #86 Quinterrance Cooper stood out by making several plays. On defense, the secondary played well during the 11 on 11 period. #9 Rashad Etheridge, #2 Marcus Minor, #10 Marion Rumph and #5 Bo Smith played well and made several plays. LB #6 Blake Boyd made an exceptional interception early in 11 on 11 work. Blake Boyd making that play set fire to the defense. At one point, the defense forced turnovers on three consecutive plays. Linebackers, #53 Dusty Bear, #25 Alonzo Higgins, and #4 Darvis McBride also did well.

The team had a good practice for the second day but coaches are pushing for perfection not just being good or average. Every moment of practice, coaches are pushing players to get better. Coach Elson spoke to the team after practice about taking advantage of every opportunity to improve. One thing is for certain, The WKU coaching staff will never allow players to mistake activity for accomplishment.

NOTE: WKU Head Football Coach David Elson and his staff are inviting Hilltoppers fans to the 2007 Touchdown Club Kick-Off Party, this FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2007, 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Graham Photography at Jennings Creek. There will be fun activities for the whole family!


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