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Final: Navy 38, WKU 22

It’s all over in Annapolis, as Navy (2-2) balanced timely big plays with a pounding running game to top Western, 38-22.  A few game notes:
-Navy amassed a staggering 373 yards on the ground, averaging 5.8 yards on 64 carries.  The Midshipmen threw only five passes the entire game, completing four of them, for 100 yards.
-Western freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes was impressive in his first career start, completing 22 of 27 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
-Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs totaled four rushing touchdowns on the day, including two one-yard scores in the fourth quarter to seal the game.  The junior finished with 143 yards rushing and 100 yards passing.
-The Hilltoppers (0-4) scored their final points with 6:09 left in the game, when Jakes found sophomore receiver Derrius Brooks in the endzone for an 18-yard touchdown strike.  Senior running back Tyrell Hayden took a sweep around the left side to complete the two-point conversion.
Check wkuherald.com for a complete game recap.

It’s all over in Annapolis, as Navy (2-2) balanced timely big plays with a pounding running game to top Western, 38-22.  A few game notes:

  • Navy amassed a staggering 373 yards on the ground, averaging 5.8 yards on 64 carries.  The Midshipmen threw only five passes the entire game, completing four of them, for 100 yards.
  • Western freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes was impressive in his first career start, completing 22 of 28 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Navy junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs totaled four rushing touchdowns on the day, including two one-yard scores in the fourth quarter to seal the game.  He finished with 143 yards rushing and 100 yards passing.
  • The Hilltoppers (0-4) scored their final points with 6:09 left in the game, when Jakes found sophomore receiver Derrius Brooks in the endzone for an 18-yard touchdown strike.  Senior running back Tyrell Hayden took a sweep around the left side to complete the two-point conversion.

Check wkuherald.com for a complete game recap.

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WKU-UT: First quarter recap

  • In the first possession of the game, Western punted after a four-play drive, including a near-interception of senior quarterback Brandon Smith by Tennessee sophomore strong safety Eric Berry.
  • On Tennessee’s first possession, senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw an interception straight into the hands of Western freshman cornerback Jamal Forrest, who fumbled after being hit immediately. Junior linebacker Thomas Majors recovered for the Toppers, who responded by going four-and-out again.
  • Tennessee senior tailback Montario Hardesty then fumbled a screen pass from Hardesty for the Volunteers’ second turnover of the game, but Western only gained two yards on six plays in the subsequent drive and was forced to punt.
  • Western redshirt freshman Jamarcus Allen was injured on the second-to-last play of the quarter but walked off the field under his own power and is expected to return.
  • Smith opened the game 1-5 for four yards in his first start under center. The Volunteer defense held all Western rushers except senior running back Tyrell Hayden and sophomore Bobby Rainey for negative yards.
  • Tennessee enters the second quarter on Western’s 15-yard line after picking up a first down on the final play of the first quarter.

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Western names captains for season opener at Tennessee

Senior quarterback Brandon Smith, senior running back Tyrell Hayden and senior linebackers L.J. Harbison and Taurean Smith have been selected as captains for Western’s opening contest against Tennessee this Saturday.

The Toppers and Volunteers kick off at 11:21 a.m. CT. As is a Western tradition, new captains will be selected for the remaining 11 games on the schedule.

-Jonathan Lintner

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Injuries sideline Booker, Rainey for Saturday’s mock game

Western head coach David Elson said both senior running back Marell Booker and sophomore back Bobby Rainey are out with injuries and will not participate in Saturday night’s mock game at L.T. Smith Stadium.
After Thursday’s practice, Elson said Booker “had a little knee situation that’s popped up,” then clarified on Friday that the injury was a sprain. Rainey is out with a strained shoulder.
Neither is listed as out for next Saturday’s season opener at Tennessee, but should the Toppers lose two of their top backs, senior Tyrell Hayden will take the no. 1 spot on the depth chart and linebacker-turned running back Braxston Miller will look for a more integrated role in the offense.
— Jonathan Lintner

Coach David Elson said both senior running back Marell Booker and sophomore back Bobby Rainey are out with injuries and will not participate in Saturday night’s mock game at L.T. Smith Stadium.

After Thursday’s practice, Elson said Booker “had a little knee situation that’s popped up,” then clarified on Friday that the injury was a sprain. Rainey is out with a strained shoulder.

Neither is listed as out for next Saturday’s season opener at Tennessee, but should the Toppers lose two of their top backs, senior Tyrell Hayden will take the no. 1 spot on the depth chart and linebacker-turned-running back Braxston Miller will look for a more integrated role in the offense.

— Jonathan Lintner

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12 in 12: Day 1 — Tennessee

Football beat writer Jonathan Lintner breaks down each of Western’s 12 opponents over the next 12 days.

Team: Tennessee
Play Western: Sept. 5, at Tennessee
‘08 Record: 5-7
Coach: Lane Kiffin
Returning starters: Seven offense, five defense

The Buzz: New Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has come under a firestorm of controversy this past off-season. The former Oakland Raiders coach called out SEC foes Florida and Georgia on the recruiting front, accusing Gators coach Urban Meyer of recruiting violations in the process.

Kiffin himself violated NCAA rules by mentioning the Meyer situation, in which he said a player was receiving calls from the opposing coach while on an official visit to Tennessee. Kiffin violated another NCAA rule by referring Vol recruit Bryce Brown as a “great player” on local radio. The university plans to self-report that recruiting violation.

Fresh off a season full of disappointment, Kiffin looks to get the Volunteers in the news for something positive — winning — rather than the criticism that’s been shot his direction since arriving on campus.

Outlook: For everything Tennessee has lost in its wide receiving corps with Gerald Jones, Denarius Moore and Austin Rogers injured over the summer, they hope to make up for with a veteran offensive line and a quarterback that’s been there, done that once before.

Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee’s senior under center, saw action in all but four games in 2008. While Volunteer fans don’t question his talent, Crompton has been known to make poor decisions — just as he did in an 8-for-23 passing effort in last season’s 14-12 loss to Auburn.

Former coach Phillip Fulmer benched Crompton for the next four games in favor of backup Nick Stephens. Now under the reign of Kiffin, the quarterback battle has extended to 2009. Both signal callers are receiving snaps in spring training with Crompton expected to get the nod in against Western in Knoxville on Sept. 5.

Even better news for Crompton is that Jones is currently participating in practices, wearing a cast on his injured arm. That’s bad news for Western, who lost starting free safety Travis Watters after last season along with four other starters and now expects to give playing time to a number of second-year players in the secondary. Watters led the Toppers with 73 tackles in 2008.

How Western can win: If Western expects to make a competitive second half in Knoxville a reality, they’ll rely heavily on their offensive backfield to make it happen. Seniors Tyrell Hayden and Marell Booker head up the Topper rushing attack, with Bobby Rainey not far behind. Maximizing on the Vols’ loss of All-SEC defensive end Robert Ayers as well as maintaining possession and composure in a hostile environment will be of great importance.

The Toppers look to get out of Big Orange Country with a moral victory — a competent ground game to keep the abilities of preseason All-American safety Eric Berry at bay and a closer-than-expected final score.

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