Some notes and observations from WKU Football's practice on Tuesday:
-Sophomore wide receiver Willie McNeal was catching balls from a machine today. He stood in one spot and did not run, cut, or plant. McNeal tore his ACL during spring football and was believed to be out for the season. Willie Taggart said earlier in camp McNeal was ahead of schedule in his rehab, his availability for this season is still uncertain.
-Still no clear cut leader in the competition at kicker. Casey Tinius is the incumbent starter, but he struggled at times last season. The battle is among Tinius, Monte Merrick, Kevin Carrillo, and punter Hendrix Brakefield.
-Two players have worn the yellow jersey throughout training camp: Bobby Rainey and Jake Doyle. Guys wearing the yellow jersey are not allowed to be tackled. The Tops are being cautious with Doyle after he missed the second half of last season with a neck injury. Taggart said Doyle will 100% for next week's season opener. Taggart also said both Doyle and Rainey want to take the yellow jersey off, but he won't let them.
-Earlier in camp, the offensive line announced it will not talk to the media until WKU wins a home game. Tuesday, Doyle joined the offensive line in the media boycott, one day after meeting with the media to discuss being a team captain.
-A major emphasis for the WKU secondary is creating more turnovers this season. The Hilltoppers recorded just eight interceptions in 2010. The secondary is young, but several guys like sophomores Kiante Young, Arius Wright and Tyree Robinson played significant roles for WKU toward the second half of last season. Those three, along with junior Kareem Peterson, were listed as starters on the preseason depth chart. An updated depth chart will be released soon. There's a good chance they will remain the starters for next week.
That's all for now. Talk again soon!