WKU Football wrapped up practice on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the team’s first home game this Saturday, September 8 against Maine at 6:30 p.m. at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
Afterwards, offensive coordinator Junior Adams and wide receivers Lucky Jackson and Jacquez Sloan commented on Drew Eckels’ ability to scramble and extend plays. On Friday night at No. 4 Wisconsin, the mobile quarterback led the Hilltoppers in rushing with 38 yards on nine carries.
“Drew does add that element where if things do break down [it’s a] scramble drill,” Adams, who is also the wide receivers coach, said. ”Stay moving, stay active, find green grass and Drew will find them.”
With his arm, Eckels completed 15-of-26 passes for 167 yards at Camp Randall Stadium against the Badgers. With his feet and vision, he was able to avoid Wisconsin pressure, get out of the pocket and make plays against one of the best defenses in the nation.
“Having a quarterback like that you always know the play is never dead,” Jackson said. “You always know the play is alive so you always have to be on the look out.”
Jackson brought in four receptions for 22 yards on Friday and is looking to build on that in Week 2 against the Black Bears. Meanwhile, Jacquez Sloan made a career-long reception of 48 yards in the third quarter that led to a Hilltoppers’ field goal.
“I love a quarterback that can get out of the pocket because I love the scramble drill,” Sloan said. “Big focuses for me are deep balls and running short routes and making [yards after catch].”
Maine is coming off of a stout defensive performance where they held the No. 7 team in FCS, New Hampshire, to a total of 108 offensive yards in a 35-7 win over the Wildcats.
“We look forward to the competition, they’re coming off a big win so they’ll be coming in here ready to get after it,” Jackson said.
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