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 redshirt
sophomore 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
“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 today, the Hilltoppers have 20 on-field practices scheduled for fall
camp leading into game week against the Bears.