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8/3 practice report

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Posted: 8/3/2014 7:40 PM

8/3 practice report 


Not alot to note, considering an early depth chart is already out and we did a good job covering the recruitment of most of these guys.

But here's a few things I saw anyway--

1) Future of QB's post-Doughty looks like it will be Drew Eckels or Parker McLeod. Very impressed with WKU digging up Eckels as late as they did. Great get.

2) Grant and Dangerfield at WR continued to impress me. The depth chart only has Dangerfield "starting", I guess that's for a reason beyond my limited football knowledge about receivers (like the difference between a "X" receiver and a "Z", or whatever.) But if I had to make an order of my favorite WR's, it'd be Grant-Taylor-Dangerfield-Norris. Others I talk to have Taylor-Dangerfield-Grant/Norris. Considering it's so interchangeable, this is a great sign for WR depth. Nacarius Fant made a flashy one-handed grab near the sideline.

3) I didn't get to see alot of freshmen, but man, D'Andre Ferby is the real deal. WKU got such a steal if he can just stay healthy. RB's were doing a drill catching balls out in the flats, kid was catching the ball away from his body like a wide receiver. Moves so well for his size. Joe Brown was recruited as a CB but is working out with RB', could end up in that position.

4) Hard to say alot about defense since there's no pads right now, not much hitting going on. But I liked the LB's alot. I think once they gain experience as the year goes on, the defense will only get better.
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Last edited 8/3/2014 7:45 PM by JWellsFOX

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Posted: 8/3/2014 8:34 PM

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Thanks for the update Jordan.  I appreciate it.  Surprized at Echols being a good pickup so late. 
I like Ferby's size and if he will be patient his time will come.  I hope he redshirts and then is ready for
action as a RS-Sophomore.  It appears we sink or swim with Doughty.  If he gets hurt we may be in trouble.  Glad we have a solid OL to protect him.
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Posted: 8/4/2014 1:36 AM

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thanks j!
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Posted: 8/4/2014 9:19 AM

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No problem all!

WKU will be okay with Fishback as a backup. He's serviceable. Just saying I don't see him as the future at the position.

Fant posted the video of his grab on Instagram, for any that want to watch. 

http://instagram.com/p/rQty1QwBSH/
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Posted: 8/4/2014 10:21 AM

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The future at this spot is already at Western  and he's a pro style QB ...

he has a whole year to do nothing but study the playbook and pick up the offense and work on getting stronger. 

I personally would like to see Troy Jones get a chance if we need to go to a backup this year
JWellsFOX wrote: No problem all!

WKU will be okay with Fishback as a backup. He's serviceable. Just saying I don't see him as the future at the position.

Fant posted the video of his grab on Instagram, for any that want to watch. 

http://instagram.com/p/rQty1QwBSH/
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Posted: 8/5/2014 9:09 AM

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I noticed when Chad was talking about the running backs he put Warr and Wales on about the same level, even mentioning Warr first. Is this a case of Warr being a huge surprise and being impressive or of Wales not meeting expectations? If neither are being overly impressive should we expect Ferby to see some time as a backup this year and not get to redshirt?
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Posted: 8/5/2014 10:57 AM

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wkuengineer wrote: I noticed when Chad was talking about the running backs he put Warr and Wales on about the same level, even mentioning Warr first. Is this a case of Warr being a huge surprise and being impressive or of Wales not meeting expectations? If neither are being overly impressive should we expect Ferby to see some time as a backup this year and not get to redshirt?
Warr has been great. Believe it or not, he was actually a three-star on Scout out of HS (link).

The thing with Wales is, he's great on passing downs. But he's not an every-down back. Maybe he could pull it off in HS, but he's not an every-down back here.

So, if fans were expecting Wales to take over as an every-down back, then yeah, he's not meeting expectations. But I don't think that's fair. He's not underperforming, and he'll be great on passing downs. Just not an every-down guy.
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Posted: 8/5/2014 12:03 PM

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Wait a minute...where did this Warr kid come from? I see Louisville but how did he get to WKU? I fell asleep on this one.
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Posted: 8/5/2014 12:27 PM

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With Warr and Wales being so similar in size do you see Warr the same way, not an every down back?  If so does that mean Ferby is our next every down back? What about Lock the JUCO, does he fit in somewhere or way down the depth chart?
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Posted: 8/5/2014 12:55 PM

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locationman52 wrote: Wait a minute...where did this Warr kid come from? I see Louisville but how did he get to WKU? I fell asleep on this one.
He walked on here (link) out of HS. I'm not sure how that happened after he had that nice offer sheet, I wasn't around back then. Maybe he didn't have grades, idk. Regardless, he's on scholarship now! cool.

wkuengineer wrote: With Warr and Wales being so similar in size do you see Warr the same way, not an every down back?  If so does that mean Ferby is our next every down back? What about Lock the JUCO, does he fit in somewhere or way down the depth chart?

No, different players. Even though Warr is small, he's a guy that's good between the tackles. Wales is more of a shifty, explosive-type runner, much better on outside runs, catching the ball outside, or moved in-motion to receiver. Lets him take advantage of his shiftiness in a one-on-one matchup against a defender.

To be honest, I don't know what they'll do with Ferby. Just going by the eye-test, I can't see how he wouldn't get carries this year. But he also has a fragile history, might be best to keep his body away from game-action for a while if WKU can afford it . I think they can afford it, but I guess we'll see.

I'm not big on Lock as of today, he's down the chart. Always has time to improve though.

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Posted: 8/5/2014 1:02 PM

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Thanks for the input!  It is nice to hear someone's thoughts on things instead of transcribed interviews and retweets. 

I think we are in very good hands with Leon Allen for the next couple years, I was just curious about what was behind him.
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Posted: 8/5/2014 2:29 PM

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Go to 12:30 in this video I shot @TXST last year and this is what excites me when Wales is in the game. I went up top to shoot the 4th qt and It was drizzling cold almost icy rain and like a fool..I turn the phone straight up and down. But Wales had a couple runs like this last year.

Unlike AA, and Bobby, Wales has that break away speed

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbVswJ88unU

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Posted: 8/5/2014 3:15 PM

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wkuengineer wrote: Thanks for the input!  It is nice to hear someone's thoughts on things instead of transcribed interviews and retweets. 

I think we are in very good hands with Leon Allen for the next couple years, I was just curious about what was behind him.
No prob biggrin always hope to answer any questions I can.

garysbrain wrote: Go to 12:30 in this video I shot @TXST last year and this is what excites me when Wales is in the game. I went up top to shoot the 4th qt and It was drizzling cold almost icy rain and like a fool..I turn the phone straight up and down. But Wales had a couple runs like this last year.

Unlike AA, and Bobby, Wales has that break away speed

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbVswJ88unU

Yeah good stuff, this is basically what Wales is there for. That shiftiness on the outside, explosiveness is needed on passing downs to try to make a guy miss, get a long gain, and keep moving the chains. And he's really good at that, but it's just not something you try to do every down.


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