WKU Football holds annual media day

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. WKU Football hosted its annual media day in the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club to kick off fall camp with just over four weeks before the  Hilltoppers face off against Central Arkansas on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. First-year head coach Tyson Helton addressed the media, along with redshirt junior tight end – and John Mackey Award watch lister – Kyle Fourtenbary and redshirtsophomore defensive linemen Juwuan Jones.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish during his first fall camp at WKU as a head coach, Helton noted that he has been impressed with the team’s progress so far, and that at this point, they are beginning to iron out more of the specifics required to be successful during the long season.

“I think the guys are doing such a great job during the summer with the player-run practices and we have taken a big step there so really it’s more about getting the guys ready for all of the situations they’re going to be in,” Helton stated.

Among those specifics is the battle for the starting quarterback job, and Helton gave an update on how that competition, and other positional battles, were progressing.

“I feel good about all our different quarterbacks and their different skill traits, they all bring something different to the table that’s a little different from the other guy.” As far as when the starting quarterback will be announced, Helton disclosed that: “I will probably wait until a week and a half before the first game to make sure that guy has enough reps and feels pretty good about that job.”

Whoever is named the starting quarterback for the Hilltoppers, they will certainly look to lean heavily on Fourtenbary to help them be successful. The redshirt junior is excited about that prospect as well as carrying on the legacy of many other great WKU tight ends, although his plan is to just go out there and play.

“I don’t really feel any pressure, I just have to go out and give it 100% every play,” he said.

As far as the defense is concerned, Helton said that having a lot of continuity from past seasons has been “invaluable.” He continued to express his excitement by stating: “I think we are scratching the surface of what are defense can be; it has been a pretty smooth transition.”

A big piece of that defense will be Jones, who is looking to build upon last season’s success when he was voted a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America after setting a WKU FBS Era record (dating back to 2009) by a freshman with five sacks.

When asked if he gets any motivation to try and prove that his rookie campaign was not a fluke, Jones answered, “Yes, I want to prove that last season was not an anomaly. I want to be able to produce for the next couple of years that I am here at WKU and most importantly help our team win in the end.”

Starting on Wednesday, the Hilltoppers have 20 on-field practices scheduled for fall camp leading into game week against the Bears.