BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — About 48 hours after WKU Football’s first team scrimmage, the
Hilltoppers were back at it again for a more traditional day 11 of fall camp. Much
of the talk on Saturday was all about the much-improved WKU defense, and defensive
coordinator Clayton White addressed that following team practice on Monday.
“To me, fall camp is about adversity and being able to get up every day and doing
the same thing over and over again,” he said. “[It’s about] having the mental
toughness to erase everything else and come to work, and that’s all we’re doing
When asked specifically about the defense’s performance during the scrimmage and how
that might fuel them, White answered: “We’ve just been trying to stay game ready. I
know we are going against the offense every day, but it’s not us against them, we’re
White continued: “Coach [Tyson Helton] does a fantastic job of keeping things
together, understanding that you give the defense credit when they deserve it and
give the offense credit when they deserve it, and it’s keeping it competitive.”
One of the standouts in White’s eyes so far during fall camp has been junior
defensive tackle Jeremy Darvin, who will be playing his third year under the same
defensive scheme and is looking to build upon his 2.5 sacks from 2018.
When asked what types of things he has learned throughout fall camp, Darvin
explained: “Just to stick with it, you have got to stay focused throughout the whole
time and you can’t really let up … Last year I might have taken the little things
for granted, but Coach [Kenny Martin] has been staying on us about working with your
hands, so I’m concentrating on the little things like that.”
Darvin also commented on the depth at his position and many others on the defensive
side of the ball: “We bring a lot of guys through the rotation and that helps us in
the long run because you can play fresh … We feel comfortable two or maybe even
three deep at some positions, and that saves everybody’s legs and bodies throughout
Another defensive veteran for the Hilltoppers is senior nickelback Ta’Corian Darden,
who tied for the lead among WKU defensive backs with 71 tackles last season.
Darden is happy with the way things have gone so far in fall camp, but by no means
is content: “We still have to grind, we still have to keep making plays, and we
still have to keep flying around and help everyone get their game better,” he said.