Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University's football team practiced Friday in pads for the first time this pre-season on Feix Field at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, the fifth total practice for the team this week.
“I thought it was a good practice, the guys were flying around and the weather also helped,” Head Coach David Elson said. “When you put the pads on, it slows the tempo some but we still operated efficiently. I have seen improvement through the week. We are really good at tailback, and our first group on defense understands what we are doing and are grasping things. Our special teams have been solid. Knock on wood; we are a perfect five-for-five at the end of practice in converting field goals to win.”
Elson said the freshman have had to make the normal adjustments expected annually at this time of the year. “Our newcomers are swimming a little bit, but that is to be expected,” Elson said. “We have put a lot in this week, and it takes a while for them to absorb it along with the speed of the game. It is not about offense or defense at this point, it is about getting our reps in and WKU is winning.”
The team will practice twice more in full pads on Saturday, opening with an 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. practice before concluding the day with a 6:30 – 8:15 evening practice.
This marks the 90th football season for WKU and its first as one of the 120 schools who comprise the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A). The Hilltoppers, who have posted 12 consecutive winning seasons, open the 2008 season at Indiana on August 30.