Bowling Green, Ky. — For the second time in three days, the Western Kentucky University football team closed out Thursday’s practice by lining up for a mini scrimmage at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
“We’re finding out how our guys respond to game situations,” said Hilltopper head coach David Elson. “One of the good things is they have come in afternoon practices with some heat, so we’ve got some good lessons to learn about staying focused when you get tired.”
The offense got a good mix of situations — beginning drives at their own 20 yard line, and also being backed up against their own goal line. Both sides of the ball were also put in third-down situations, with the defense again holding strong to get off the field. The younger players in camp also got some reps to start the scrimmage, marching down the field for a score when Marcus Vasquez hit fellow freshman Dexter Haynes in the back of the end zone for a six-yard score.
David Wolke also led a scoring drive on a series starting from the defenses’ 25-yard line, running the ball to paydirt for an eight-yard score on third down. While Wolke got a bulk of the reps with the first team, sophomore K.J. Black also got back on the field for the first time in nearly a week after nursing an injury. Now back at full strength, Black will continue his battle with Wolke and Brandon Smith for the starting quarterback job.
“It was definitely good to get K.J. back out there. We want to get everyone healthy and let those guys compete. Now it’s a matter of consistency and getting out there day after day and seeing how what he does matches up with David and Brandon.”
The Toppers will return to the field for two practices, then run a full scrimmage at 3 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday.