NOTES: Second practice of fall camp

By Zach Greenwell

I’m going to get back to coverage of WKU’s football media day in a few minutes, but I thought I’d first share a few thoughts and observations from the Toppers’ second practice of fall camp.

Members of the media were allowed to attend the first hour of a 2 p.m. practice today.

The team started with special teams drills — mostly punting — where we saw junior kicker/punter Casey Tinius take the majority of the snaps.

There were some miscues, however. Several balls were dropped by returners and those on the line jumped too early several times in drills, but the assistant coaches seemed generally pleased with how it went.

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The team broke up into offense and defense for about the last 20 minutes media were there, and we got to again see WKU’s three quarterbacks show their stuff.

Matt Pelesasa, Kawuan Jakes and Brandon Doughty took snaps under center in that order, reflecting the depth chart that was released today.

Pelesasa was consistent while Jakes made the occasional errant pass, but Doughty continued to impress with his poise and physical ability.

Freshman wide receiver Donald Campbell, who coach Willie Taggart praised yesterday, looked good again today catching passes from each of the three QBs. But all in all, there seemed to still be too many of the dropped passes that plagued the Toppers last season.

Some other notes:

–Junior defensive back Derrius Brooks, who was moved from wide receiver in the offseason, was out of practice for the second straight day. Taggart said yesterday that Brooks, who is listed as a starting corner on the depth chart, was battling illness.

–Freshman QB Courtney Dalcourt’s health status remains up in the air, as he continues to stay on the sideline with a brace on his surgically repaired knee. Dalcourt was in uniform, however, and helped and participated in select non-running drills.

The Toppers practice again from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, and media members will be allowed in for the final 45 minutes.

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