Notes: Defense gets the best of offense at Friday’s practice

WKU football players line up for a play during practice at Houchens-Smith Stadium earlier this spring. The Toppers will host their annual spring game Saturday at 5 p.m.

Emily Patton

Head Coach Willie Taggart said he is looking for consistency from his offense.

He hasn’t seen it with WKU’s two quarterbacks or his wide receivers. Instead, Taggart said he’s seeing it from his defense.

“We got it from defense, but we didn’t get it from offense,” Taggart said Wednesday. “Defense totally dominated today. Part of me was excited, and part of me wasn’t. Offensively we weren’t focused at all, we weren’t executing, too many dropped balls.

“Just wasn’t locked in at all, and defense was. They totally dominated this practice.”

Concluding their second week of practice, the Toppers will have their first scrimmage tomorrow, and Taggart said it’s an opportunity for the offense to step up.

“It is going to take some time,” he said. “They are getting the reps, it is just getting consistent. They are just too inconsistent right now.”

Saturday’s scrimmage will start at 11 a.m.

Dalcourt makes transition to WR

Sophomore Courtney Dalcourt has been working to adjust to the wide receiver position, after coming to WKU as a quarterback.

Dalcourt has battled through two ACL injuries during his first two years at WKU and now hopes to play for the first time this season.

After sophomore receiver Willie McNeal suffered a season-ending knee injury Wednesday, having Dalcourt catching passes has become crucial.

“It is a great opportunity,” Dalcourt said. “Unfortunately we have people who aren’t on the field with us, but would love to be with us, but guys have to step up. As far as quarterback, you have the ball in your hands at all times.

“Now I have to work for the ball. I have to beat that defender. It is just a different mindset. My mindset is, ‘Get on the field anyway possible.'”

Dalcourt said his relationship with the two quarterbacks, junior Kawaun Jakes and sophomore Brandon Doughty, remains strong because of his past at that same position.

“I try to be on the same wavelength as them,” Dalcourt said. “Being used to being a quarterback, if I can think what they’re thinking, it opens me up on the field a little more. It is a good friendship and brotherhood.”

Both Jakes and Doughty are stepping into the leadership role as quarterbacks, Dalcourt said.

“If we mess up, they are the first person to come tell us to stay positive and tell us what we need to do,” Dalcourt said.

Haynes suspended indefinitely

WKU media relations told the Herald Friday that wide receiver Dexter Haynes is indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules, not off the team as previously thought.

Haynes is not present on WKU’s spring roster and was thought to have left the team.

Warren County Jail records show Haynes was arrested on Feb. 6 for driving under the influence, but there is no official word from WKU on if that led to the suspension.

Haynes played in 11 games last season, catching eight passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.