BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU football team returned to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on Friday for their fifth practice in as many days while putting on full pads for the first time this preseason. During the practice, they battled hot conditions with temperatures in the high 80s.
"I thought our defense did really well today," Hilltopper head coach David Elson said. "They rose up to the challenge and really got after things. Towards the end, I thought our offense got it going but I thought overall that our defense really stepped up. When we were practicing in helmets and shoulder pads the offense had been getting the better of them but today our defense really rose up and did a good job."
In a workout that lasted over two and a half hours, the Hilltoppers worked on position drills and special teams before coming together in the final minutes of practice for a mini-scrimmage.
"We were able to get everyone in there today," Elson said. "We got the ones in and were able to rotate them out. Obviously, we need to look at the film and see exactly how it went. I know Kawaun (Jakes) threw an interception in the red zone but that may have been on the receiver so I don't want to make any assumptions on anything. However, watching it live there wasn't any major separation but the film may say differently."
The Hilltoppers will return to Feix Field tomorrow for their first two-a-day of the preseason. The team's first practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. and their second practice of the day is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
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 Conference programs.