WKU football blog: Final week of camp

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Health improvements

In the final days of fall camp, it seems most of Western Kentucky’s spring and early fall injury bug is on its last legs.

Quarterbacks David Wolke (weightlifting injury) and K.J. Black (hamstring) – who was named the Hilltoppers’ No. 1 QB late Tuesday – both appear to be fully healed and ready to go after suffering earlier setbacks. Inside linebacker Alonzo Higgins (groin) has practiced all week after sitting out most of fall camp, and running back Andrew McCloud (leg) ran through Tuesday’s walk-through without visible problems.

Linebacker Blake Boyd (knee surgery) has shown no lingering affects from his injury, and neither has defensive end Dan Cline (foot).

It’s all good news for a team that seemed to barely make it through spring practice without someone having to miss time.

“We’re getting some guys back and still losing a few, but it doesn’t look like anything serious,” Elson said. “(Freshman linebacker) Taurean Smith went out today for a bit and (sophomore linebacker) Chris Bullard’s shoulder is still day-to-day, but other than that, it’s getting there.

“It seems like we’re getting a good influx back every day.”

Injured senior cornerback Marcus Minor (ankle) did sideline running drills Tuesday without pads, and his status for tonight’s scrimmage is unknown. Same with senior defensive lineman Jon Belcher, who sat out Tuesday with a club-cast on his arm.

Quick hits

It’s worth noting that junior running back Marell Booker has been working almost exclusively with the first team for the last two weeks now, with incumbent starting junior Tyrell Hayden seeing both second- and first-team snaps. Hayden didn’t practice much Tuesday due to a stomach flu, but seems in need of a strong outing tonight.

In the kicking competition, I would be extremely surprised if senior Zac Minturn doesn’t win the job – if he hasn’t already. Minturn has been more consistent than senior Tanner Siewert throughout the fall.

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