WKU football blog: Monday press conference


EKU wrap-up:

Western Kentucky coach David Elson touched briefly Monday on Saturday’s victory at Eastern Kentucky and how much it meant to the program.

Elson seemed pleased to get the Hilltoppers’ first win of the season out of the way.

“With all of the talk and the end of the Battle of the Bluegrass, I felt good about it and you could tell our guys had a strong sense of satisfaction with the way things ended there,” Elson said. “But we did see a lot of areas that we can improve on from that game, we felt like it shouldn’t have been 16-13 late in the third quarter, but give credit to Eastern Kentucky.

“We’ve now got to flip the page and get ready to face the best team (No. 11 Alabama) we’ve played all year.”

Elson said he was pleased with the way his players approached last week’s game – not building it up too big, but at the same time not treating it like a throw-away game either.

“We didn’t want to get overly hyped up for it, but we also didn’t want to downplay it either,” Elson said. “Our guys have done a good job of that. During the last six years we ended up 5-1 against them.

“I wouldn’t say we were glad to get it over with, it was a good experience and being able to get that win on the road was special, but we’re moving on.”

Crowd control

As in the past, WKU will get a little extra help from the Houchens-Smith sound system this week as it prepares to enter the hostile environment of Tuscaloosa, Ala.’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“There’s no question you’ll be hearing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ blaring over the speaker and sound systems,” Elson said. “I’m sure (Auburn alumus and WKU secondary coach Travaris Robinson) has a copy of their fight song on his iPod or something there, so we’ll just download that too.

“We know that crowd noise is going to be an issue for our offense, so we’ve got to prepare for that and we’ll do similar things to what we’ve done in the past.”

Injury updates:

Elson said  he is hopeful to have senior cornerback Marcus Minor back in the lineup Saturday. Minor was a game-time scratch last Saturday due to a nagging ankle injury that has plagued him for much of the early season.

“I think (he’ll be ready),” Elson said. “He just never got to the point (last week) to where we felt comfortable with him going full speed.

“We feel confident he’ll play this week, but it’s still going to be day-to-day.”

Elson also added that injured strong safety Orlando Missalefua is doubtful for Saturday with a knee injury. Redshirt freshman – and Bowling Green High School product – Ryan Beard, who started in Missalefua’s place last week and made five tackles, is expected to start again.


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