Hilltoppers Put in Final Prep for Second Major Scrimmage With Friday Practice

By: Kyle Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kyle Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations

“I have been really happy with our week. I think our guys are learning how to work harder. We need to focus longer, but we are working harder. We have taken some steps forward with the understanding of techniques and our schemes. Now we need to go out and execute better than we did a week ago, see our guys improve in their technique and learn how to play harder when they are tired. That is the challenge.” - WKU head coach Bobby Petrino
 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU football team practiced for the second time in week four of the spring season, getting in a Friday workout at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium ahead of Saturday’s full scrimmage that is scheduled for 10:00 AM (CT) and is open to the public.

Friday’s practice marked the 11th practice of the spring for WKU, as Saturday’s full scrimmage will be the team’s final live tune-up before the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 20. WKU head coach Bobby Petrino has been pleased with the week of practice, and expects more of the same in the scrimmage on Saturday.

“End the week right,” Petrino said on Saturday’s scrimmage expectations. “I have been really happy with our week. I think our guys are learning how to work harder. We need to focus longer, but we are working harder. We have taken some steps forward with the understanding of techniques and our schemes. Now we need to go out and execute better than we did a week ago, see our guys improve in their technique and learn how to play harder when they are tired. That is the challenge.”

One of the position groups that has continued to improve throughout the spring has been the defensive line unit, which saw four starters along the defensive front graduate from last season’s team.

“They are trying to learn and are getting better,” WKU defensive line coach Don Dunn said. “It is big day for them tomorrow, and for us. I think we told them the thing we look at and we grade the film on is effort..”

“We still have strides to make with our defensive front,” Petrino said. “We are rotating some guys in there. In games, we normally rotate every four or five plays. We have been keeping them in and making them play 10, 12, 14 plays, making it real hard on them. It will certainly make it much easier on them come game time.”

The defensive line, along with all position groups will have a golden opportunity on Saturday, as the full scrimmage will allow players to implement the offensive and defensive schemes learned over the first four weeks and apply them in a game situation. WKU held its first full scrimmage of the spring last Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Saturday’s scrimmage will be open to the public.


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