Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University's football team continued preparations for Indiana with only 11 days left before the kick-off of the 2008 season. In hot conditions, the team practiced for a little under two hours in shorts and helmets.
"We had a good practice today and our focus was good," Head Coach David Elson said. "We ran what would be a Thursday like practice during game week and we were able to get a lot of special teams play in. We also had a chance to run through some things that we needed to and get in a lot of reps. I was pleased on how focused we were on execution. Today is like the quiet before the storm because tomorrow we will be in full pads and much more enthusiastic."
The team practiced for the final time in preparation for the mock game that will be held tomorrow. The game, which will replicate a season home game, will be used to prepare the team for the routine that they will follow for home games this season.
"The mock game is used more for us to introduce the home game routine to our players and see how they respond," Elson stated. "The lights will be on, the guys will be in game uniform and we will start at 6 p.m., which is when a number of our home games will take place. We will also be able to evaluate a number of guys so we can get a depth chart out on Thursday."
The team will hit the practice field tomorrow at 6 p.m. for the mock game and will hold a 2:45 p.m. practice on Thursday. The Toppers will open up the 2008 season against Indiana on Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.
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.