BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Western Kentucky University football team practiced in shells one last time Thursday afternoon in preparation for the first practice in full pads on Friday.
"We need to get a little bit of live work in tomorrow and see some tackling and full speed blocking," Hilltopper head coach David Elson said. "We installed a lot today, but we saw some good things out of the offense and we're getting some good timing going with some of the things we are doing."
The offense's productive day was due in large part to the trio of talented running backs in the Hilltopper backfield. Marrell Booker, Tyrell Hayden and Bobby Rainey all return in 2009 and seem healthy and ready to contribute.
"One position that has really come out and is hitting on all cylinders it seems like is our running backs," said Elson. "They are so skilled and are such good route runners that they can give us a lot of different possibilities and a lot of different ways to get them the ball."
Elson also announced on Thursday that freshman quarterback Courtney Dalcourt suffered a torn ACL during Wednesday's practice and will miss the entire 2009 season.
WKU, the newest of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision Members, is eligible for a post-season bowl berth and the Sun Belt Conference Championship
in 2009. The Hilltoppers open the 2009 season at Tennessee on September
5 at 11:21 a.m., and opens the home portion of its schedule the
following week against South Florida at 6:30 p.m.
WKU's 511-337-30 all-time record in 90 seasons of football equates to
a .600 winning percentage, ranking 26th among all 120 Division I
Football Bowl Subdivision schools and tops in the Sun Belt Conference.
WKU's 948 APR in football is also higher than all other Sun Belt