Bowling Green, Ky. — A trio of seniors and two sophomores were designated as team captains Thursday for the Western Kentucky University football team as it prepares for the “Battle of the Bluegrass.”
Ross Cassity, Clay Stephens and Chris Walker will be facing Eastern Kentucky for the final time in their career, while Blake Boyd and Jake Gaebler are in their second year on the Hill. All but Gaebler are from the Bluegrass State.
Cassity, a native of Versailles, handles WKU’s long-snapping duties on both punts and field goals.
Stephens, who is from Somerset, recorded his first career interception in the Hilltoppers’ win over West Virginia Tech last weekend, while Walker — who hails from Manchester — recovered a fumble in the end zone against the Golden Bears.
Boyd, a Madisonville resident, ranks fourth on the team with seven stops in the first two contests. Gaebler, who is from Mundelein, Ill., leads WKU with five receptions in 2007.
“The Battle of the Bluegrass” will kick off at 2 p.m. (CDT) Saturday at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Hilltopper fans are encouraged to “Wear Red While Making History With A New Record Crowd” as the program focuses on breaking the attendance record previously set when EKU visited in 1968, the first year WKU played in the facility.