BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Practicing in and out of lightning delays the past two times
out on the Houchens-Smith Stadium turf, the WKU Football defensive unit continues to
show strides during 2017 Fall Camp understanding and implementing a new system under
defensive coordinator Clayton White.
Looking specifically at the linebacking crew, coach Maurice Crum explains it is a
daily competition between upperclassmen like Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Masai Whyte and
the younger players in the middle of the defense.
“We have a pretty deep group, and the guys in there are all in competition and
fighting for playing time,” Crum said. “The older guys are helping the younger guys
shrink that gap, then as the gap shrinks they feel the pressure behind them and
makes the room that much more competitive.”
Iyiegbuniwe finished fourth on the Hilltoppers last season with 64 total tackles and
10 tackles for loss, while adding 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble at Miami (Ohio).
Whyte, meanwhile, played 11-of-14 contests and started a pair of games in the middle
of the season, including an 8-tackle effort vs. HBU and five takedowns at No. 1
Ben Holt, Der’Quione Mobley and Daeshawn Bertram also have experience playing on The
Hill, and it will be crucial for underclassmen like Kyle Bailey, Juwuan Jones and
Demetrius Cain to continue improving every day.
“I like that way that an inexperienced group is acting like experienced guys,”
linebackers coach Maurice Crum said. “They’re studying, learning and communicating.
It’s a new defense still, but they’re progressing and performing like a bunch of
veterans who have been in the system for years.”
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