Bowling Green, Ky. — Sunday morning marks two fall camp milestones for the Western Kentucky University football team. It brings to a conclusion the end of the first week of practice, and also marks the first of four two-a-day sessions during the three-week camp.
Looking back at Week One — With Sunday marking the seventh and eighth practices of 2012 fall camp, it was time for the first evaluation of where things stand for the 2012 Hilltoppers. Third-year head coach Willie Taggart was pleased with the initial results.
“I thought we had a really good week of practice execution wise — both offensively and defensively. And our kickers had a good week and brought a lot of juice to practice,” said Taggart. “I‘m excited to see some of our young guys out there making plays, and more importantly being able to remember the things we‘ve been teaching them.”
And Ahead To Week Two — With one third of camp in the books, Taggart believes that the second week of practice should provide some separation in terms of names that fans can expect to see as contributors once the season kicks off.
“We have to have continued improvement. We‘ve been talking since the beginning of camp about staying consistent on both sides of the ball and in special teams. We also need some guys to continue to define this team, and find some guys we can rely on during the season. So this second week will be big for some guys. There will be a lot less to install, so guys will be able to go with the flow.”
Noticeable Absence of ‘Freddie Soft’ — Since his return to the Hill, Taggart has often talked about the need for players to keep Freddie Soft away. Soft, Taggart has explained, is a small guy who sits on players shoulders and tells them not to work hard. But on Sunday, Taggart was happy to report that Freddie Soft has not made an appearance at practice yet this year, allowing the Hilltoppers to stay on schedule with things through the first week.
“We still have a lot of work to do, don’t get me wrong,” explained Taggart. “Our guys are going through that process, and we‘re right on the path we need to be on. So things are definitely going in the right direction.”
Family Fun Day Less Than Two Weeks Away — The fourth annual Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m. (CDT) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The free event will give WKU fans and opportunity to interact and get autographs from Hilltopper players and coaches. There will also be a Fun Zone set up for kids with activities including inflatable and face painting. Free Coke products and popcorn will also be provided to the first 500 fans.