BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Following individual and group drills for the first half of practice on Saturday, the WKU football team wrapped up the second week of spring practice with a live session in the second half of practice at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Both the offense and the defense lined up in live situations, getting work in on multiple down-and-distance scenarios.
“I thought it was great,” WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm said following practice. “To get in live situations and get our guys out there where things aren’t scripted. They have to hear the play and they have to make their calls quickly and they have to play fast and also play efficiently. I think it’s a great thing to do. We had some guys make some plays, and that it is important.”
Brandon Doughty led WKU under center on the opening series of the half-scrimmage, completing 2-of-4 passes for 24 yards while Antonio Andrews carried the ball eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Damarcus Smith and James Mauro followed with turns under center, but failed to lead the team to scores on their opening drives. Smith then returned for his second drive of the day, leading WKU to two scores in 11 plays while completing all five of his pass attempts for 104 yards. He threw two touchdowns to tight end Devin Scott on the drive of 43 and 14 yards.
Following approximately 12 series, the WKU offense compiled seven touchdowns.
“Overall I think we made some progress, but we obviously have a long way to go,” WKU offensive line coach Neil Callaway said. “As an offensive unit you are only as good as your worst player. We have to make sure that all of our guys are doing the right thing at the right time when they are supposed to.”
On defense, Cam Thomas had the day’s biggest tackle for loss while Jonathan Dowling and Tyree Robinson recorded pass breakups in the game. The defense caused multiple fumbles, but were unable to force any turnovers in the productive half-scrimmage.
The offensive line was the focal point following the practice, as offensive line coach Neil Callaway and senior center Sean Conway met with the media. Conway returns in 2013 after starting every game for the third consecutive season in 2012. Conway and the WKU offensive unit continues to get more and more comfortable with the new offensive scheme after six official practices this spring.
“I think we are starting to get used to the tempo of Coach Petrino’s offense,” Conway said. “It is a lot faster and I think we are starting to get used to that and starting to know who to go to and we are starting to get the right technique down.”
“We have a lot of things left that we don’t fully understand, but the main thing right now is that we are playing hard and playing with energy and playing with enthusiasm,” Callaway said. “We want to do things right.”
The Hilltoppers will return for week three of spring practice next Thursday. All practices are open to the public. Comments from Brohm, Callaway and Conway are attached to this e-mail. Full coverage of spring practice, including video, photos and quotes can be found at WKUSports.com.