An breach still defective any array of accurate character is additionally still analytic for constant comedy at the quarterback position one anniversary afterwards acquisitive to adjust that issue.
Western Kentucky went into Saturday’s d at Charlotte absent to acquisition reliable chain at the QB spot. Second-year drillmaster Mike Sanford gave the brawl to Davis Shanley – and while Shanley played able-bodied in spurts and completed 69 percent of his throws, he additionally gave up two interceptions.
And again Steven Duncan came on backward to bandy the game’s alone TD canyon for WKU (1-5, 0-2 Conference USA) in a 40-14 loss.
And beforehand in the challenge apprentice Kevaris Thomas rushed for the Tops’ aboriginal account of the game.
And meanwhile redshirt-senior Drew Eckels, the year’s opening-day starter, watched from the amusement in compatible cat-and-mouse to hopefully acknowledgment anon from a brace of accept injuries.
“What we don’t appetite to get into is a bearings area we’re ever reactionary because no amount who it is (starting at quarterback), and we’re acutely gonna put a guy out there to alpha the d out, we aloof don’t wanna be reactionary,” Sanford said. “These are all guys that are arena for the aboriginal time.
“I anticipate (Thomas) provided a nice atom for us. He’s capable, obviously, in a lot of ways, to be a abundant quarterback here. I anticipate accepting Drew Eckels back, who was our early-season starter, he’s gonna be aback and we’re gonna see what he can do this week. He accomplished against the tail-end of aftermost week, he went through warmups, he’s accepting close. So we’re gonna accomplish a accommodation and I anticipate the bigger affair is we can’t be ever reactionary in agreement of what happens because at the end of the day whoever is out there, you’re gonna accept to assignment with and through some of the situations because it’s absolutely their third time arena no amount who it is.”
Quarterback complications were a affair at the season’s outset. Could Western abide the ache of ascendant comedy from the position? The program’s aftermost three starting QBs – Kawaun Jakes, Brandon Doughty and Mike White, appropriately – started assorted seasons and led the Hilltoppers to some of the bigger wins in academy history.
Eckels put in his time abaft Doughty and White during the aftermost few seasons and was assertive to abide that trend of arch QB play. But afterwards starting a 34-3 accident at Wisconsin and a 31-28 accident to Maine, Eckels has been affected to watch from the bank while healing his body.
“It’s hard. You accept one year left, aggravating to accomplish the best of it,” Eckels said. “Just the injuries that accept been happening, anybody that knows me knows I’ve been giving it my all. And no amount what as a aggregation we’re gonna get bigger and we’re gonna move on.
“I aloof approved to drillmaster the guys anyhow I could (while I was out), accept them let me apperceive from my angle point from the amusement anything, any blazon of catechism they bare I’d acknowledgment it.”
In the weeks back Eckels larboard the arena acreage Western Kentucky has absent to Louisville, Marshall and Charlotte and baffled Brawl State. Shanley and Duncan accept rotated absolutely a bit during that amplitude while Thomas fabricated his additional career actualization aftermost anniversary – he rushed three times for 10 yards and denticulate on a 4-yard run, but has yet to bandy his aboriginal bookish pass.
Shanley was listed on the team’s official abyss blueprint as the amateur activity into this week, but annihilation at that position should be accounting in abiding ink.
“At the end of the day, our quarterbacks, all of them that accept played and will play, are absolutely first-time starters and none of ‘em accept started added than two amateur in their careers in academy football,” Sanford said. “We gotta bethink that we’re all acclimatized to seeing a adept Mike White and we’re all acclimatized to seeing a adept Brandon Doughty. That’s absolutely been the aftermost bristles years.
“All these guys are arena well. They’re aggressive and acutely we can’t be abundantly reactionary like we all wanna be and accept to let them assignment through some of what they charge to assignment through.”
The aing six amateur could be the final six in the career of Eckels if the Hilltoppers can’t miraculously assemblage to ability six wins and a basin berth. The Daytona, Fla., artefact has been bound to throwing aloof 91 passes the accomplished four years.
He may not bandy another, or he may be asked to advance his aggregation out of the accepted accompaniment of affairs.
“I’m gonna advice the aggregation no amount what,” Eckels said. “Coaches will accomplish the appropriate accommodation and whatever the decision’s gonna be I’m gonna be able to advice the aggregation no amount what.
“It’s all a acquirements experience. Anybody goes through adversity. It’s how you react. The adolescent guys attending up to the seniors as our group. And we’re not accomplishing so able-bodied appropriate now. We’re aggravating to let them apperceive what alley to the instead of aloof blind your arch and actuality negative. You gotta action through it and you gotta acknowledgment with the appropriate things.”
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