Tuesday was WKU's final practice before its season opener against Kentucky. The Hilltoppers will leave Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon en route to Nashville and do a walk-through at LP Field upon arrival.
Some notes and observations from the Hilltoppers' practice:
-The Hilltoppers are high on true freshman Boe Brand. I think that goes without saying considering he will start at wide receiver on Thursday. But there's a good chance you will see Brand returning punts as well. The same could be said for freshman running back John Evans, who is listed as a kickoff/punt returner on the team's depth chart.
-Speaking of the depth chart, I know some out there are wondering why Antonio Andrews isn't on it. I would guess Andrews isn't on the depth chart because he will probably play more than one role. Coach Taggart has said Andrews could do a little of everything (running back, wide receiver, returns, etc). I talked to Andrews Tuesday afternoon. He feels his most natural position is running back. But there appears to be a logjam at that position when you throw in Keyshawn Simpson, John Evans, Quarterrio Morgan, Marquis Sumler, and of course, Bobby Rainey. And the former Mr. Football has too much talent to stand on the sideline.
-It was interesting talking to players who grew up in Kentucky and now play at WKU. And to their credit, linebacker Ben Duvall and running back Keyshawn Simpson were upfront and honest when asked who their favorite team was growing up. Both said Kentucky. And very quickly they assured me that wasn't the case anymore. I have to think if they had been offered in high school by UK, guys like Duvall and Simpson would be Wildcats today. You think this game means a little extra to those guys? You better believe it.
-The list of those boycotting the media grows by the day. This week, tight end Ryan Wallace added his name to the group who refuse to speak with members of the media until the Hilltoppers win a home game. It started early in training camp with the offensive line. About a week or so later, Jack Doyle declared he will stay quiet just one day after speaking to the media about being named a team captain. Wallace spoke to select media members last week, but was not made available on game week. Wallace, a Bowling Green native, played for the Wildcats last season. The boycotting of local media originates back to last season when the offensive line would not talk until the team snapped its long losing streak.
Be sure to watch WBKO at 6 and 10 this week for more on Thursday's season opener between the Hilltoppers and Wildcats.
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