By Zach Greenwell
We learned a few things at Western’s Friday football practice.
First, in a stunning revelation I’m sure most of you haven’t noticed, it’s scorching outside.
Today was the Toppers’ first day back in Houchens-Smith Stadium since Monday night, and with the heat rising on Feix Field, several players were either already out of practice or went down with cramps during.
Just a quick list of people we saw out of practice today: Freshmen defensive backs Xavius Boyd and Vince Williams, senior receivers Seth Tamme and Quinterrance Cooper and junior defensive end Jared Clendenin, who was carted off the field with what looked like a pretty intense cramp.
We also learned that the entire running back corps will be significant in the passing game — not just junior Bobby Rainey.
Although Rainey did catch a long bomb downfield from junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa for a touchdown today, junior running back Avery Hibbitt, who has switched back to offense after playing defensive back last year, caught several passes across the middle for good gains.
I’ll have more on Hibbitt and the expanded roles of the running backs in Taggart’s West Coast Offense in a little bit.
Other than that, the biggest news of practice was that Taggart says Pelesasa and sophomore Kawaun Jakes are somewhat separated from freshman Brandon Doughty in the quarterback race at this point, although Taggart said Doughty isn’t far behind.
I’ll have more on the quarterbacks situation, as well as Taggart wanting more “juice” from the defense when it makes a big play in a notebook on the blog in a little bit.
Look for a recap of practice at wkuherald.com shortly.
EDIT — Almost forgot to mention that media relations informed us that per senior Preston King, the offensive line will not be speaking to the media until the Toppers win a game this season.
Add that to the fact that all quarterbacks are unavailable to us until further notice, and you see that our updates on offense are going to be limited for a while.