BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Football hit the turf on Thursday morning for the second
day of team practice at Houchens-Smith Stadium. As head coach Tyson Helton expressed
following the first day of camp, the team got into more into specific situations as
preparation for the 2019 season continued to progress.
Jakairi Moses – a redshirt sophomore who ranked second on WKU with 67 rushes for 268
yards in 2017 – missed all of last season due to an injury sustained in spring camp,
and the Palm Beach, Fla., native is back in the mix at the running back position.
“I went through a lot of frustration and it made me really appreciate being able to
play football again,” Moses said. “I’m very hungry. I hang sticky notes on the
mirror in my room to remind me of the pain I felt.”
Sophomore Garland LaFrance – who amassed 564 all-purpose yards between 158 rushing,
148 receiving and 258 on kickoff returns last season – has made the switch from
running back to wide receiver. He was voted to the 2018 Conference USA All-Freshman
Team as a return specialist.
“It has been a pretty easy transition because I already had the ability in me, but
I’m still working hard,” LaFrance said. “The older guys have been really good, we’re
all helping each other out.”
With Helton at the helm and Bryan Ellis stepping into the role of offensive
coordinator for the 2019 season comes a new-look offense. Hilltoppers like LaFrance
and Moses hope fans share their same enthusiasm leading into the team’s season
opener vs. Central Arkansas on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m excited because we’re going to air the ball out,” LaFrance said about the new
scheme. Moses reiterated those thoughts, saying: “It’s kind of an air-raid offense
that keeps the defense on their heels, and then we’re able to run the ball to
balance it out.”
Surely to be utilized in the new offense are all of the different skill sets
provided by this deep and versatile WKU roster.
“Everybody has different skills that we can use and we’re basically just coming
together and ready to play,” Moses said about the running back core. LaFrance added
to that, giving praise to the quarterbacks: “They all have different abilities and
they’re all good. We’re making connections with all of them.”