WKU Football Battles Through Tough Practice Session Wednesday Morning

By: Jeremy Brown - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Jeremy Brown - WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Football returned to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith stadium for one of its toughest practice sessions of the fall Wednesday morning.

The Hilltoppers’ toughness was tested in a physically grueling two-hour practice where the defense had one of its strongest showings of fall camp. WKU continued to work on the details of their offensive, defensive and special teams’ schemes as its season opener versus Bowling Green sits just nine days away.

Junior kicker Garrett Schwettman is on pace to be WKU’s all-time leader in points scored by a kicker after tallying 156 in his first two seasons on The Hill. Schwettman has connected on 23 field goals and 87 PATs in his career and has improved further during the offseason.

“I’ve seen a lot of improvement with ball contact: less spin on the ball, creating a bit more height and more distance as well,” said Schwettman.

WKU special teams coach Ricky Brumfield spoke with the local media following practice and gave high praises to Schwettman as well as punter Joseph Occhipinti.

“Garrett is a proven veteran,” said Brumfield. He’s an all-conference type of kicker and did a great job for us last year. Joseph stepped in for us last year when (Hendrix) Brakefield got hurt and did a great job. He’s becoming a mature veteran on the field and the better he can do that, the better we are going to be because on the punt team, we’re trying to change field position.”

The Hilltoppers will have a 9:30 a.m. practice Thursday before closing out fall camp on Friday with a mock game.

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