HILLTOPPER SCRIMMAGE UPDATE

This is the last update for the Mock Game Scrimmage. Camp is over and all focus now turns to preparation for opening day.

The spread offense is designed to force the defense to cover the entire field. This should give the offense mismatches and more one on one opportunities for playmakers. Spreading the field and taking advantage of opportunities to put the ball in your playmaker's hands, will make an offense explosive and tough to defend. WKU has the talent on offense that will give Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wright the flexibility to use his initiative in calling plays.

JR QB David Wolke and RS FR K.J. Black are still in a battle for the starting quarterback position. Wolke was the first QB to see action and he did not disappoint. He directed an 11-play 79-yard drive on the opening series and a 15-play 99-yard drive on the third series.

RS FR K.J. Black had a good scrimmage as well throwing the football but also showed his athletic ability by breaking off a couple of nice runs.

Having two quarterbacks with the abilities to make plays differently adds a dynamic to the WKU offense that can give a defense fits.

The quarterback position will be in good hands regardless who wins this battle, but I expect to see both quarterbacks play this season. Both, SO QB Brandon Smith and FR Tyler Bruce have had good camps as well.

The Hilltoppers have a stable of running backs that can get the job done. SO Tyrell Hayden, SO Andrew McCloud, SO Marell Booker, along FR Bobby Rainey gives WKU many options from which to choose. SO FB Rod Johnson proved very hard to bring down in last night's scrimmage. The Hilltoppers have the tanks to run right at you, speed to run around you, and ability to catch out of the backfield. Running back depth will prove to be very valuable during the season.

WKU's receiving corps had a good scrimmage. This group is talented and fast. They can take a short pass and take it to pay dirt in a hiccup. SR wide receivers Curtis Hamilton and Jamar Jones, JR Jessie Quinn, SO Jake Gaebler, SO Ronnie Letcher and FR Quinterrance Cooper all are dependable and will block downfield. SR Curtis Hamilton had a very good scrimmage and it is no secret a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Tight End position is in good shape with SR Jared Holland, JR David Miller, and SO Alex Nance. FR TE Tristan Jones has shot at getting on the field and contributing this season as well.

Offensively, nothing good can happen consistently, without a solid offensive line. JR `Chris "Big Sash" McConnell, SO Cody Hughes, RS FR Derrick Elder, SO Lloyd Pressley, SO Mychal Patterson, SR Terrance Houston, JR Austin Chestnut, JR Zach Rey, FR Anthony Shelly, SR Ryan Greg and RS FR Preston King all have worked hard all summer and during camp to give the Hilltoppers a physical, hard nosed offense line with depth. The line did a good job in the scrimmage last night allowing several big plays.

The Hilltoppers have played hard-hitting, opportunistic defense all camp and the scrimmage was not any different. SR Chris Walker, JR Dan Cline, JR Jon Belcher, JR Robert Dark, JR Munir Muwakkil and RS FR Neil Harrell and RS FR Entonia Johnson, have played well on the defensive line. The Linebacker Corp has been solid all camp and the scrimmage was no exception. SR Duty Bear, SO Blake Boyd, SO L.J. Harrison, SR Andre Lewis, SO Davis McBride, and SR Evan Brewer make up a good mix of experience, talent, and depth at the linebacker position. This bunch loves to hit, run to the ball, and tackle well.

The secondary reinforced what they have accomplished all camp by forcing turnovers and separating receivers from the football. SO DB Rashad Etheridge returned a 92-yard kick-off for a touchdown. Along with SO Rashad Etheridge, JR Marcus Minor, SR Marion Rumph, SR Bo Smith, JR Travis Watters, JR Brad Cloud. SR Clay Stephens and SO Orlando Misaalefua provide a solid rotation with depth and speed. The Hilltopper secondary plays well in space with controlled aggression. Just as important, they have been sure tacklers all camp and will lay the wood to you.

Special teams are always important for a team's success. SR PK Chris James and SO P Jeremy Moore and SR Long Snap Specialist Ross Cassity, all performed well in the scrimmage as well as all camp. Having a quality SR PK that has been there and done that, will pay huge a dividend this season, if a game comes down to a last minute kick.

Camp is now officially over. Head Coach David Elson gave the team a much-deserved day off Thursday. Without a doubt, the team is ready to hit somebody else for a change.

The most important stat from camp and the scrimmage is that WKU did not loose anyone to a serious injury.

Now the fun part of college football begins. Game week is upon us! Focus will now be totally on the Florida Gators and installation of the game plan. September 1, 2007, the Hilltoppers begin their journey through a twelve game schedule on a quest to make history.


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